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The story of A Midsummer Nights Dream was that of love Throughout the play Shakespeare tried to show that love is unpredictable unreasonable and at times is blind The primary focus in this play was love and its relation to marriage Shakespeare carefully and skillfully used the presence of a wedding to add to the dramatic action of the play After all a wedding was the culmination of lovers vows and the commencement of their marriage The theme of love was repeatedly used during the play and practically everything that was said and done was related to this concept of love Shakespeare made all of the different characters intermingle and intertwine causing their lives to crisscross circle and even parallel each others This was an ingenious display of character manipulation At first everything was very confusing and the characters were faced with many different problems In the end however they were still able to persevere and win their true love The four young lovers each developed in their own ways Hermia the daughter of Egeus was in love with Lysander from the beginning However her father wanted her to marry Demetrius Hermia was strong-willed and stubborn She adamantly refused to be forced in to a marriage with Demetrius A woman was not allowed to be blatant and rebellious in those times Still Hermia did not care She said that she will marry the man she loves or she will die unwed This display of a death threat was parallel to that of Pyramus when he killed himself for love Egeus found Hermias choice of a husband unacceptable and took her in front of Theseus the Duke of Athens Theseus told Hermia that she must obey her father or die Hermia was lucky that Theseus was also in love and ready to get married otherwise he would have put an end to Hermias behavior immediately Because of this Theseus also
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