A Midsummer Night’s Dream
In the play Midsummer Night’s Dream, there are some characters who are in love and this causes a lot of conflict. Hermia is the main character and is very rebellious, bold, and is thought of as property by her father, Egeus. When given the choice to marry Demetrius, die or be a nun forever, Hermia says “So will I grow, so live, so die my lord. Ere I will yield my virgin patent up unto his lordship, whose unwished yoke my soul consents not to give sovereignty.” This showed that she would rather wither away than marry somebody she did not love. She said this even though nobody ever disagreed with the duke or any man. When Theseus tells Hermia to look at the two men from her father’s point of view she says “I do entreat your Grace to pardon me. I know not by what power I am made bold, Nor how it may concern my modesty, In such a presence here to plead my thoughts; But I beseech your Grace that I may know The worst that may befall me in this case, If I refuse to wed Demetrius.” This shows that she is not actually very bold and has a reputation to be modest. She wonders that by talking to the duke whether she is damaging that reputations. When Lysander says that Demetrius should marry Egeus since Egeus loves him, Egeus says “Scornful Lysander, true, he hath my love; And what is mine, my love shall render him. And she is mine, and all my right of her I do estate unto Demetrius.” This shows that in those times all women belonged to a man. The man would either be her father or her husband. Since Hermia belonged to her father according to this rule, she would have to do what her father says. This why even though she loves Lysander she must marry Demetrius.