Oppression Of Women In A Midsummer Night's Dream By William Shakespeare

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare demonstrates greater pain for women than men. It shows male ownership of women, broken friendships over men, women outsmarted by men and women conquered by men. A Midsummer Night’s Dream reveals truths about the abuse women received during the the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries One pain experienced by the women in a Midsummer Night’s Dream is Theseus’s ownership of his daughter Hermia within the patriarchal society. Theseus has complete right to choose who Hermia marries, Egeus says “A Consent to marry with Demetrius, I beg the ancient privilege of Athens: as she is mine, I may dispose of her, which shall be either to this gentleman or to her death according to our law” Hermia had to marry Demetrius the man she did not love or die. Theseus says “Either to die the death, or to abjure forever the society of men” Theseus rules that Hermia must go to a nunnery. She was unable to choose her husband or it would lead to her death or banishment to a nunnery. Many plays have female abuse so why does it matter that this one does? Only within the last couple of decades have women’s positions in society been reexamined. Paying close…show more content…
Hernia is subordinate to her father, Helena is emotionally abused by Demetrius, Hipolata is won in war by Theseus and Titania is outwitted by her husband Oberon. This scene shows when the spell has just been lifted off of Queen Titania. “Titania. My Oberon, what visions have I seen! Methought I was enamored of an ass. Oberon. There lies your love. Titania. How came these things to pass? O, how mine eyes do loathe his visage now!” This is a successful game won by Oberon. In his jealousy he placed his wife under a spell, humiliated her and then never discussed the matter after she woke from the spell. He won the fight with his wife similar to the other male’s success over
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