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A Midsummer Nights Dream- How Characters Convey Theme In A Midsummer Nights Dream Shakespeare uses his characters as well as plot to convey theme The characters of Hermia Lysander Demetrius and Helena all portray the theme of love in different ways Hermia is a very loyal person but is very determined to get her own way She is willing to die for example if she cannot marry her beloved Lysander Hermias father Egeus refers to her determination as stubborn harshness 11 line 39 Her determination may be made greater by the fact that she is smaller than most of the other characters and therefore feels that she needs to be determined to be respected Hermia also has a scene of decorum when she makes Lysander sleep away from her in the forest Nay good Lysander for my sake my dear Lie further off yet do not lie so near 22 lines 40-41 We also learn from Helena that Hermia had a bad temper when she was at school She says O when she is angry she is keen and shrewd she was a vixen when she went to school and though she be but little she is fierce This shows at the beginning when her father tells her what to do It shows again when she thinks that Demetrius has killed Lysander She tells him Out dog Out cur Thou drivest me past the bounds of maidens patience Hast thou slain him then 32 lines 53-55 Hermia conveys the theme of revolution when she fights her father and the Duke of Athens Theseus for the right to marry her true love Lysander Hermia conveys the theme of love throughout the play but her feelings waver slightly when Lysander speaks cruelly of her after the Love- in Idleness is applied to his eyes However she still remains loyal and when the potion is removed then her love again becomes as strong as it was
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