In the play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” written by William Shakespeare, Lysander loves Hermia but he is not allowed to marry her because her father, Egeus forbids it. Lysander is brave and persuasive, but to Egeus Lysander is cunning. Lysander is brave because he stands up for who he loves, even though he knows Egeus is powerful. For example, he says to Demetrius “you have her father’s love, let me have Hermia’s. Do you marry him?” “And she is mine, and all my right of her I do estate unto Demetrius”. (lines 93-94) To which Egeus says “Scornful Lysander.” (Lines 95-98)
Lysander is Persuasive because he loves Hermia and wants to marry her and another reason is, he would run away with Hermia. Lysander says to Hermia “And to that place,` the sharp Athenian law Cannot pursue us. If thou lovest me then. Steal forth thy father’s house tomorrow night. And in the wood, a league without the town.” (Lines 162 – 165). He convinces Hermia to run away and get married!
Egeus thinks Lysander is cunning because he believes that he stole his daughter’s heart.
Egeus says Lysander, with cunning “has filched my daughter’s heart.” it means Hermia’s father doesn’t want Lysander to stay with who she loves, but Lysander somehow cunning his daughter.
Lysander is a person who is brave and persuasive and he takes the risk and stays with the women he loves and they run together. ( away with Hermia)