Society in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare uses his word craft and characters as outlets addressing social issues, race, class, and or gender. Through his plays, he emulates the real world and is able to manipulate his worlds to allow his audience to see everything from all sides. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream and discussed in “Jack shall have Jill;/Nought shall go ill” by Shirley Nelson Garner, in order for the world of men and patriarchal society and hierarchies to be secure and be well, the homoerotic relationships and relationships between women have to be subdued. Although A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy, we can observe through important scenes what Shakespeare may imply when it comes to social issues, race, class, and or gender; in this case is the overpowering of women by men. Merchant in Venice is another play in which Shakespeare uses his characters to approach social issues of his time. Unlike A Midsummer Night’s Dream where the focus was more on gender, Merchant of Venice brings up religion and class. He uses the conflict between Christians and Jews to portray the faults of both parties. Looking at A Midsummer Night’s Dream, there are a couple relationships we can see that Shakespeare creates and shows how homoeotic relationships and women to women relationships creates conflict with man and woman relationships or man and man relationships. Hermia’s father, Egeus, arranged a marriage between Hermia and Demetrius. Shakespeare makes Egeus a representative of patriarchy. Hermia does
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