In Humanities, we had a quick look over Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream first act. We were then tasked with creating a fake social media profile for one of the characters that would be a good representation of their characteristics. I chose Theseus and here is what I have.
Here is a quick CER about the social media profile, and Theseus’ character in general.
In William Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, there are many unique characters with their own unique set of traits, and one of the characters, Theseus, is admired even though he is quite unreasonable. I claim the he is admired because both Egeus and Hermia refer to him as a “great duke” and Hermia even puts herself below him in a conversation.
“Happy be Theseus, our renowned duke.” (Egeus, 20).
“I do entreat your grace to pardon me
I know not by what powers
I am made bold
Nor how it may concern my modesty
in such a presence here to plead my thoughts.” (Hermia, 58-61).
I displayed this in the profile by making Demetrius, Hermia, and Egeus, show nothing but respect for Theseus in the conversation on Theseus’ wall. However, despite all his admiration, Theseus isn’t a very good person as he is unreasonable. A good example of his unreasonableness is how he forces Hermia to marry Demetrius.
“In himself he is
But in this kind, wanting your father’s voice,
The other must be held the worthier.” (Theseus, 53-55).
“Either to die the death or to abjure
Forever the society of man.” (Theseus, 65-66).
I displayed this in the social media profile by including this message posted by Theseus.
”You should treat you father like a god, as he was the one who gave you your beauty. Demetrius is the better man if your father says so. If you refuse the marriage you will be executed or forced to live as a nun.”.
All in all, Theseus is very unreasonable, even though he is heavily admired, and his misused authority is a main catalyst for A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s conflict.