Believed tobe one of William Shakespeare’s most impressive comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a visionary and comical tale;nevertheless, its poetic lines convey and incorporate a message of love,reality, and magic. However, the play uses characters to portray helpful lifelessons, potentially resulting in them being a role model to the readers.
Lysander, Titania, and Hermia are three characters that have positive attitudesin tough circumstances. Nonetheless, they have been through many twists andturns but have continued to have a positive perspective on life. To add on,they are momentous to the plot, tone, and meaning of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, consequently becoming role models to thereaders and representatives of the themes presented throughout A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
To start off, Shakespeare presentsHermia to the readers as the rebellious and disobedient daughter of Egeus. Sheis obliged to marry Demetrius, but she fell in love with Lysander. Therefore,Hermia could be mistaken for being young and foolish in love.
Continuing on, the entire situation is put intoperspective by the fact that she does not want to marry the man that her fatherbetrothed to her. To illustrate Hermia says, “O hell, to choose love byanother’s eyes” (1.1.76-78). Wecan see that Hermia is a woman with her own desires and does not want herfather to choose her spouse. Her father complains about her disobedience, andtherefore, she has been brought before Duke Theseus, Chanthakumar2likewise, sheis bold to stand up for herself.
Egeus wishes Hermia to marry Demetrius, andHermia feels like she does not need to fulfill her fathers wishes but instead followher heart. Hence, Hermia approaches love as though it were something thatcould be instantly taken away, but not simply lost. At all points, Hermia is persistent,one must hustle if they want to hang tight to theirlover, and it is worth the hustle if that love is true.
Hermia, may seem aggressiveand astute, but sometimes that is just the direct in which love goes, except ifyou are willing to let it slip away.Moving forward, Lysander resembles Romeo as a character from the play Romeo and Juliet, a characterShakespeare perceived around the time he wrote A Midsummer Night’sDream. While Lysander faces some major hindrances in his quest forlove, he is a desolate romantic. Also, he is definitely the most poetic of allthe lovers when he says, “Ay me! Foraught that I could ever read, / Could ever hear by tale or history, /The courseof true love never did run smooth” (1.1.132-134).
Lysander’s statement sums up the play’s idea, that lovers constantlygo through difficult circumstances to reach happiness, whether it is ajudgemental parent, rival lover, or some other hindrance. Thus, Lysanderclearly distinguishes that lovers will face a roller coaster rides, and can bequickly disconnected by “war, death, or sickness.” Additionally,Lysander also knows that, even though love can be explosive, like lightening,it is frequently short-lived.
Furthermore,Lysander is the role model of an endless lover in numerous ways. He jeopardizesdeath under the Athenian law by coming up with the plan to flee into the woods with Hermia, and only leaves from his devotionto Hermia under the encouragement of the love potion. When the effect of thespell is removed, he revenues to his true love.
Therefore, Lysander has comeacross as a very deep and ardent lover in the play, who sticks to his word, andcontinues to strive for greatness.Queen Titania is a depiction of a strong woman,in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is attended to by many otherfairies and is entirely in charge of her life. However, she clashes with her Chanthakumar 3husband, Oberon,King of the Fairies, who is with no doubt just as strong-minded as she is. Queen Titania reveals a compassionate and loyal natureby adopting the son of an Indian woman whom she has befriended over the years.After Titania`s husband Oberon asks her to give up the little Indian boy, so hecan be apart of his crew she reply`s with, “Set you heart at rest. / TheFairyland buys not the child of me. /….
/ But she, being mortal of that boy diddie. / And for her sake do I rear up her boy, / And help her sake I will notpart with him” (2.1.
122-145). As per this line, Titania’s confidence in the way she speaksassures readers that she will do what she believes and will not do anything shedoes not want to, just so she can satisfy her husband. Titania is honourableand bold enough to stand up to Oberon her husband (in a comparable way toHermia standing up to her father, Egeus). She has made a promise to take careof the little Indian boy and she surely want`s to keep it. Consequently,Titania can be a potential role model because women generally think they shouldattend to their husbands, and act upon every command they have for them.
On theother hand, Titania does not put up with Oberon’s commands, and teaches many ofthe readers to acknowledge that women are not the property of man.All in all, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an excellent example of love beinginfluenced by parents, rival lovers, the love potion, and much more toLysander, Hermia, and Titania. As mentioned above, Hermia, Lysander, andTitania are individuals who face many challenges revolving love, with theirspouse, parents or love of their life, but always look to find light during thedarkest of times, which makes them potential role models in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They teachreaders that love can come in a package with many arguments, and fights but inthe end, it is about being there for each other during the toughest times. This play will teach readers a very valuable lesson, that one must fightfor what they want, and love is not always going to be handed to them.