Demetrius' use of "sovereignty" and "right" turns the supposed "love" of Hermia and Demetrius' arranged marriage into a legal contract, where hermia is property and social placeholder instead of a loving companion. Lysander pitches in to support Hermia's claims of purity "Demetrius, i'll avouch it to his head." "quot;" (pp). Here, lysander claims that Demetrius slept with Helena and is therefore a "spoiled and inconstant man" "quot;" (pp). Editors gloss "spotted" as "morally stained" "quot;" (pp). The Oxford English Dictionary also defines "spotted" as "something disgraceful." This only emphasizes the uncouth premarital and in Hermia's line of logic, immoral relationship between Demetrius and Hermia. This moral impurity is a compromise to hermia's chastity and perpetuates her wood dedication to love that is already evident in this passage. Another instance of Hermia's dedication to her chastity and purity as a demonstration of comes. Hermia and Lysander's sleeping apart from one another increases their love for one another and makes their bond even stronger.
Helena and Hermia are two perfect examples of this. Hermia is the lover, and Helena the desirer, and both thrive off of their obsessions. In fact, both women are so tied to these traits that when they are taken away, their characters deflate and fall static. From the beginning, hermia defiantly denies her father's attempts at an arranged marriage, in favor of her whirlwind romance with and marriage to lysander. In her defense, she uses words of chastity and moral purity to claim her fidelity and love towards Lysander and inability to wed Demetrius "I know not by what power i am made bold / nor how it may concern my movie modesty" (pp). The concern, or befitting, of Hermia's modesty, by not wedding Demetrius, is protecting the very essence of her womanhood from someone whom she feels isn't worth of the ultimate consummation of love ð'- marriage (and the subsequent sex). This is continued in her next dialogue, where hermia states that she would rather die "quot;" (pp) or become a nun than give up her virgin "privilege" "quot;" (pp). Hermia's claims of "privilege" and "sovereignty" validate her chastity and moral purity as something that should only be shared with Lysander, not Demetrius. However, the sovereignty of Hermia's claims also fits in with Demetrius' arguments regarding his rights to hermia's hand in marriage: "quot;" (pp).
The dramatic irony resulting from the mix-up is that Helena believes she is being back-stabbed by hermia while hermia believes the same of Helena when the reality is that things simply aren't what they seem to be-the switch in affections is due to enchantment. However, since none of the mortals are able to see they have been enchanted and break up friendships because of it, puck rightly exclaims, "Lord, what fools these mortals be! which embodies the theme of foolish behavior (III. Bottom, on the hand, makes an insightful comment to titania, stating she really has no reason to love him, which embodies the theme of the arbitrariness of love. In addition, the mechanicals' play itself that Bottom has a central role in embodies the theme of illusions because all the mechanicals are under the illusion they can perform a magnificent play when the reality is just the opposite. Bottom himself particularly embodies the theme of illusion because he, for no real reason, thinks very highly of his own acting skills and he never awakens from this illusion. Hence, both Puck and Bottom are equally important in their roles as fools because both embody different central themes. Some of the most prominent themes in a midsummer Night's Dream are the omnipresence of love and desire and the tendencies of characters to manifest their defining traits.
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"a midsummer Night's Dream." LitCharts. a midsummer Night's Dream." LitCharts llc, july 22, 2013. "a midsummer Night's Dream." LitCharts llc, july 22, 2013. One can actually argue that both Puck and Bottom are equally important in, a midsummer Night's Dream. Some literary critics even argue that both characters play the role of the fool. Shakespeare's fools are always known for their comedy, but more importantly, they are turn out to be the wisest and most instructive characters of all (Shea). Puck is a more traditional fool because, even though he makes mistakes for the sake of comic effect and plot development, he is also extremely wise in his understanding of human nature.
Bottom, on the other hand, is one of the more ridiculous characters, especially with respect to being self-deceived into thinking far too highly of himself. While bottom says some very wise and theme-important lines, he mostly remains unenlightened by the end of the play. Not only are puck and Bottom equally important because they are equally fools, they also portray central statement themes. Puck portrays the theme of mankind's foolish nature, debt while bottom embodies the theme of illusions. One of Shakespeare's central points is to assert how arbitrary love really is and how foolish mankind's behavior is when affected by love. Puck embodies both the arbitrariness and foolishness of love by mixing up the couples and inciting all of the anger and distrust that follows.
More specifically, both the fairy and mortal plots in the play deal with an attempt by male authority figures to control women. Though Theseus and Hippolyta appear to share a healthy loving relationship, it is a love built upon a man asserting power over a woman: Theseus won Hippolyta's love by defeating her in battle (read full theme analysis). In a midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare has created a fantastical world of fairies and magic. And this world is not just a pretty backdrop for the events of the play. The fairies and their magic are the engine of the plot: Oberon's love juice sets the plot in motion, puck's mistakes applying the juice and his mischievous transformation of Bottom's head into an ass's head complicates it, and Puck's tricks and illusions to keep (read.
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Note and Disclaimer: These synopses are encapsulations of Shakespeare's works; reading a gpa synopsis is in no way a substitute for actually reading a given play. You may also download a pdf compilation of all the src synopses. Comedies, tragedies, histories, late romances, share This. A midsummer Night's Dream is a play about love. All of its action—from the escapades of Lysander, demetrius, hermia, and Helena in the forest, to the argument between Oberon and Titania, to the play about two lovelorn youths that Bottom and his friends perform at duke theseus's marriage to hippolyta—are motivated by love. But a midsummer Night's Dream is not a romance, in which the audience gets caught up in a (read full theme analysis a midsummer Night's Dream is a play containing other plays. The most obvious example is the laborers' performance of Pyramus and Thisbe, and their inept production serves three important functions in the larger structure of the larger play. First, the laborer's mistakes and misunderstandings introduce a strand of farce to the comedy of the larger play. Second, it allows Shakespeare to comment on the nature of art and theater, primarily through the laborer's own (read full theme analysis the relationship between men and women echoes across both the mortal and fairy worlds of a midsummer Night's Dream.
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love hermia again when they all wake. Next, Oberon gives Titania the antidote, and the king and queen reconcile. Theseus and Hippolyta then discover Lysander, hermia, helena, and Demetrius asleep in the forest. All return to Athens to make sense of what they think is a strange dream. Likewise, bottom returns to his players, and they perform "Pyramus and Thisbe" at the wedding feast (which has since become a wedding of three couples). As everyone retires, fairies perform their blessings and Puck delivers a tender epilogue soliloquy. Dramatis Personae: Theseus, duke of Athens, egeus, father of Hermia, lysander, in love with Hermia. Demetrius, in love with Hermia, philosrate, master of the revels, quince, a carpenter.
Meanwhile, helena and Demetrius have also fled into the woods after Lysander and Hermia. Oberon, overhearing Demetrius's denouncement of Helena, takes pity upon her and tells Puck to place the magic drops upon the eyelids of Demetrius as well, so that interests Demetrius may fall in love with Helena. Puck, however, makes the mistake of putting the drops on the eyelids of Lysander instead. Helena stumbles over Lysander in the forest, and the spell is cast; Lysander now desires Helena and renounces a stunned Hermia. In the midst of this chaos, a group of craftsmen are rehearsing for a production of "Pyramus and Thisbe to be played for the duke at his wedding. Puck impishly casts a spell on Bottom to give him the head of a donkey. Bottom, as luck would have it, is the first thing Titania sees when she awakens; hence, bottom ends up being lavishly kept by the queen. Oberon enjoys this sport, but is less amused when it becomes apparent that Puck has botched up the attempt to unite demetrius and Helena. Oberon himself anoints Demetrius with the love potion and ensures that Helena is the first person he sees; however, helena understandably feels that she is now being mocked by both Demetrius and.
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Characters, download pdf, return to synopses, lysander loves Hermia, and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love helena but now loves Hermia. Egeus, good hermia's father, prefers Demetrius as a suitor, and enlists the aid of Theseus, the duke of Athens, to enforce his wishes upon his daughter. According to Athenian law, hermia is given four days to choose between Demetrius, life in a nunnery, or a death sentence. Hermia, ever defiant, chooses to escape with Lysander into the surrounding forest. Complications arise in the forest. Oberon and Titania, king and queen of fairies, are locked in a dispute over a boy whom Titania has adopted. Oberon instructs his servant Puck to bring him magic love drops, which Oberon will sprinkle on the queen's eyelids as she sleeps, whereupon Titania will fall in love with the first creature she sees upon awakening.