A Midsummer Night's Dream Essay

950 WordsDec 6, 20144 Pages
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare shows the futility in trying to control love. Not even the person in love can control it. Shakespeare constantly demonstrates the issues in trying to control love. Hermia attempting to control her love and she also has other people attempting to control it. Laws and social expectation can control people’s actions but they cannot control people’s feelings. Lastly, Oberon attempts to control the actions of Titania. Hermia, not only attempting to control her love, she also has many people trying to control it. Egeus, attempting to control Hermia’s love, asks Theseus for consent to make an arranged marriage between his daughter and Demetrius even though he knows she loves Lysander. Egeus states, “Consent to marry with Demetrius, I beg the ancient privilege of Athens. Which shall be either to this gentleman, Or to her death, according to our law. Immediately provided in that case.” (I i 40-41) “Therefore, fair Hermia, question your desires; Know of your youth; examine well your blood, Whether, if you yield not to your father’s choice, You can endure the livery of a nun, For aye to be in shady cloister mew’d, To live a barren sister all your life, Chanting faint hymans to the cold fruitless moon. Thrice-blessed they that master so their blood.” (I i 67-74) These quotes show Egeus asking for consent and Theseus allowing him to arrange a marriage. Theseus explains that if she refuses to marry Demetrius she will serve her life as a single nun. Hermia and Lysander, disappointed with the desicion, plan to run away into the forest. Lysander has a widowed aunt who lives in the forest and they could get married because they would not be under Athien law. Lysander exclaims, “I have a widow aunt, a dowager, Of great revenue, and she hath no child. From Athens is her house remote seven leagues, And she respects me as her only son.

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