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A Midsummer Nights Dream By William Shakespeare Theme Identification Men Dominating Women Looking back at Romeo and Juliet and other Shakespeare plays I find that men winning the hearts of women by defeating them is a common occurrence In A Midsummer Nights Dream Theseus states Hippolyta I wood thee with my sword I i implying that Theseus won the love of Hippolyta by defeating her Adding to this is the struggle of Hermia from her father Egeuss will because she does not want to marry Demetrious for she loves Lysander And then both the men are chasing Hermia trying to win her over Even in Much Ado About Nothing the male figures had much power especially in making decisions for the ladies Conflict Between Father and Daughter Again powered by other Shakespeare plays is the constant disagreement of a daughter with their ruling fathers decisions Here Hermia does not want to marry Demetrious like her father is commanding her to She wants to go with Lysander because she loves him You hear of this first in Act 1 and then you never see Theseus again until Act 5 when all becomes well Shakespeare writes many plays with this theme so one might infer that he is trying to stand up for female rights to a certain extent True Love Love is the most common theme not only in Shakespeare but also in the world In A Midsummer Nights Dream true and false love is explored as well as how fragile it really is As Lysander said in Act one Scene one The course of true love never did run smooth However I feel that love plays a smaller part in this play It seems that Shakespeare wrote the characters to be distant from the audience so that the people watching the show could laugh and make fun of the peoples messed up love lives In a serious sense the feelings
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