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The famed 19th century author Oscar Wilde once said Never make a permanent decision based on temporary feelings This idea of acting on an emotion is definitive of a bad leader a theme imposed by playwright William Shakespeare in his A Midsummers Nights Dream In this 16th century comedy Shakespeare details a story of love confusion jealousy and imagination all revolving around the marriage between Theseus the Duke of Athens and Hippolyta the Amazon queen As their wedding approaches Theseus receives a visit from the irate noble Egeus who wishes the Duke to force his daughter Hermia to marry Demetrius a man of his choosing when she loves Lysander Upon further inquiry Shakespeare reveals that Lysander and Demetrius are equal in both wealth and status Egeus acts as an example of leading through his temporary emotion of dislike for Lysander On the other hand Theseus after reviewing all the details grants Hermia a fair ultimatum Through these two rulers Shakespeare demonstrates that acting upon impulse and emotion is a trait of a bad leader while acting upon reason and logic is synonymous of a strong leader As the head of his family and a noble Egeus is in a position of power making him a leader In his speech Shakespeare utilizes diction and tone to show that Egeuss rules by his heart instead of his mind traits distinctive of a bad leader When Egeus is unable to force his daughter to marry Demetrius he goes to Theseus for help EGEUSFull of vexation come I with complaintAgainst my child my daughter HermiaStand forth DemetriusMy noble lordThis man hath my consent to marry herStand forth LysanderAnd my gracious dukeThis man hath bewitched the bosom of my childThou thou Lysander thou hast given her rhymesAnd interchanged love tokens with my childThou hast by moonlight at her window sungWith feigning voice verses of feigning loveAnd stoln the impression of her fantasyWith bracelets of thy hair rings gauds conceitsKnacks
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