Characters in a Midsummer Nights Dream
Believed to be one of William Shakespeare’s most impressive comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a visionary and comical tale; nevertheless, its poetic lines convey and incorporate a message of love, reality, and magic. However, the play uses characters to portray helpful life lessons, potentially resulting in them being a role model to the readers.Lysander, Titania, and Hermia are three characters that have positive attitudes in tough circumstances.
Nonetheless, they have been through many twists and turns but have continued to have a positive perspective on life. To add on, they are momentous to the plot, tone, and meaning of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, consequently becoming role models to the readers and representatives of the themes presented throughout A Midsummer Night’s Dream. To start off, Shakespeare presents Hermia to the readers as the rebellious and disobedient daughter of Egeus. She is obliged to marry Demetrius, but she fell in love with Lysander. Therefore, Hermia could be mistaken for being young and foolish in love. Continuing on, the entire situation is put into perspective by the fact that she does not want to marry the man that her father betrothed to her. To illustrate Hermia says, “O hell, to choose love by another’s eyes”. We can see that Hermia is a woman with her own desires and does not want her father to choose her spouse. Her father complains about her disobedience, and therefore, has been brought before Duke Theseus, Chanthakumar likewise, she is bold to stand up for herself. Egeus wishes Hermia to marry Demetrius, and Hermia feels like she does not need to fulfill her fathers wishes but instead follow her heart. Hence, Hermia approaches love as though it were something that could be instantly taken away, but not simply lost. At all points, Hermia is persistent, one must hustle if they want to hang tight to their lover, and it is worth the hustle if that love is true.
Hermia, may seem aggressive and astute, but sometimes that is just the direct in which love goes, except if you are willing to let it slip away. Moving forward, Lysander resembles Romeo as a character from the play Romeo and Juliet, a character Shakespeare perceived around the time he wrote A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While Lysander faces some major hindrances in his quest for love, he is a desolate romantic. Also, he is definitely the most poetic of all the lovers when he says, “Ay me! For aught that I could ever read, / Could ever hear by tale or history, /The course of true love never did run smooth”. Lysander’s statement sums up the play’s idea, that lovers constantly go through difficult circumstances to reach happiness, whether it is a judgemental parent, rival lover, or some other hindrance. Thus, Lysander clearly distinguishes that lovers will face a roller coaster rides, and can be quickly disconnected by ‘war, death, or sickness.’ Additionally, Lysander also knows that, even though love can be explosive, like lightening, it is frequently short-lived. Furthermore, Lysander is the role model of an endless lover in numerous ways. He jeopardizes death under the Athenian law by coming up with the plan to flee into the woods with Hermia, and only leaves from his devotion to Hermia under the encouragement of the love potion. When the effect of the spell is removed, he revenues to his true love.
Therefore, Chanthakumar 3 Lysander has come across as a very deep and ardent lover in the play, who sticks to his word, and continues to strive for greatness.Queen Titania is a depiction of a strong woman, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is attended to by many other fairies and is entirely in charge of her life. However, she clashes with her husband, Oberon, King of the Fairies, who is with no doubt just as strong-minded as she is. Queen Titania reveals a compassionate and loyal nature by adopting the son of an Indian woman whom she has befriended over the years. After Titania`s husband Oberon asks her to give up the little Indian boy, so he can be apart of his crew she reply`s with, “Set you heart at rest./The Fairyland buys not the child of me. But she, being mortal of that boy did die./And for her sake do I rear up her boy,/And help her sake I will not part with him”. As per this line, Titania’s confidence in the way she speaks assures readers that she will do what she believes and will not do anything she does not want to, just so she can satisfy her husband.
Titania is honourable and bold enough to stand up to Oberon her husband (in a comparable way to Hermia standing up to her father, Egeus). She has made a promise to take care of the little Indian boy and she surely want`s to keep it. Consequently, Titania can be a potential role model because women generally think they should attend to their husbands, and act upon every command they have for them. On the other hand, Titania does not put up with Oberon’s commands, and teaches many of the readers to acknowledge that women are not the property of man. All in all, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an excellent example of love being influenced by parents, rival lovers, the love potion, and much more to Lysander, Hermia, and Titania.
As mentioned above, Hermia, Lysander, and Titania are individuals who face many challenges revolving love, with their spouse, parents or love of their life, but always look to find light during the darkest of times, which makes them potential role models in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They Chanthakumar 4 teach readers that love can come in a package with many arguments, and fights but in the end, it is about being there for each other during the toughest times. This play will teach readers a very valuable lesson, that one must fight for what they want, and love is not always going to be handed to them.
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