Role of Women in a Midsummer Night's Dream

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William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream demonstrates various headstrong women whom were restrained by their society in some form. Despite these restricting circumstances these determined females fought for what they truly desired. Against all odds they stood firm and took a stand in the name of true love.

Having fallen madly in love with Lysander, Hermia was determined to one day become his bride. But exhibiting disregard for her emotions, Egeus had alternate plans for his daughter. He desired for her not to marry that of Lysander, but of Demetrius. These clashing desires lead the party to the councils of the duke himself, Theseus. Despite the plies set forth by Hermia she was denied the relationship she truly longed for. Defying the order of the duke and the will of her father, independent Hermia set forth to marry the one man she loved.

Even in the midst of a male dominated society the female Hermia finds the courage to struggle against said oppressors. Struggles fought upon an equal playing field between male and female characters can be witnessed on several occasions throughout this play. Whether it’s between the persistent Helena and Demetrius or the firm Titania and unreasonable Oberon these characters convey themselves based not upon their gender, but upon what they believe.

After being tossed aside like that of an unwanted dog Helena continues to yearn for the love of Demetrius. She relentlessly strides to reach the goal she has set before her unwavering eyes. Even at the expense of being treated like that of a dog Helena doesn’t budge from the path she chose for herself. This strong-willed attitude usually benefits the user if the individuals cause is strong enough. With this concept in mind Helena represents the modern, hard working, independent female of today.

Disregarding the norms set forth by society these deviant women know what they want and perform the actions that shall grant them these said desires. These...
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