Gender Roles In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Not Every Story Has a Happy Ending A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare is a comedy that mocks true love . A comedy is sometimes defined as ending happily and no one dying. Shakespeare's plays contain plots that are romantic, but have obstacles that the characters eventually overcome. Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, involves three couples that must overcome obstacles before wedding and one married couple, Oberon and Titania, who are in a conflict over an Indian boy. The characters may exhibit patriarchal values, Shakespeare's idea of true love, and the display of misperception. The end result of A Midsummer Night's Dream is not happy because the perception of multiple characters are not truly expressed. A Midsummer Nights Dream, Shakespeare gives male dominance from the very beginning until the end. "Patriarchy is the ideology of the superiority of men" (Jajja). Shakespeare reinforces patriarchal values. He presents his male characters as strong and in control. He presents his female characters as weak and irrational. In the beginning of the play, Egeus wants her daughter to marry Demetrius, however…show more content…
It is "the line between sanity and madness, waking and sleep" (The Friendly Shakespeare). In the woods Oberon wants to use this flower potion on Titania, but also has Robin use it on Demetrius. This potion makes Titania vulnerable and causes both suitors to praise Helena. Gender Roles have definitely switched because of this potion. The potion is changing their perception of each other. Helena was once desperate for Demetrius love, and now him and Lysander are fighting over her and not Hermia. Titania was once strong and went against Oberon's wishes, however the potion eventually causes her to give up the Indian boy. The love potion causes misconception. It changes how they view a person. This conflict causes the characters to be in love with the wrong person, and causes their minds to be like a

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