Midsummer Nights Dream Essay

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2. Explore the male/female relationships in A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. What are the traditional roles for males and females in the Renaissance? How are they depicted in A Midsummer Night’s Dream”? How does Shakespeare upsetting the ‘traditional roles’ add to the play? How is the language supportive of this idea? Because Midsummer night’s dream was written during the renaissance by William Shakespeare, the play had a great deal of aspects that indicate how the relationships were between male and female back then. Although women were recognised more during the renaissance than during the middle ages, they still were treated unequally. There were a few female artists that flourished, but most of them were children of bigger ones. Even if a woman had a career going on, it would fast come to an end when getting married. After marriage women had to focus on the household. Even women in the highest rank were bound to housekeeping. Due to the fact that women during the renaissance were not treated as equals, they were not allowed to participate in plays, such as ‘a midsummer night’s dream’. Instead of women men were used to take the role of a woman. To be specific young boys were used. The reason why young boys were used is because of their high pitched voice. This way they were more likely seen and heard as a female. (Act 1, scene 1, line 16, 17, 18 and 19) ‘Hippolyta, I woo’d thee with my sword, and won thy love doing thee injuries; but I will wed thee in another key, with pomp, with triumph, and with reveling.’ The renaissance was known from antiquity, the reborn of the ancient Rome and Greece. William Shakespeare used features from ancient Greece into his play, which makes it a play from the renaissance. Hippolyta is the Amazonian queen of Greek mythology. She was also the daughter of the god of war Ares, which makes her a semi-god. Hippolyta as

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