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Characters in A Midsummer Night's Dream

What distinguishes one pair of lovers from another? Attempt to draw parallels and make distinctions between Theseus and Hippolyta, Demetrius and Helena, Lysander and Hermia, and Oberon and Titania.

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As you assess what distinguishes one pair of lovers from another, I offer some of my notes to help you with your own essay. After writing your own essay draft, please send as a new posting for editing and feedback:

First of all, there are so many pairs and couples to remember. I offer a simple synopsis to help you to see the alliances. You might examine Theseus is the Duke of Athens. He is preparing to wed Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons. He wants to shower her with affection as he promise, "I will wed thee . . . with pomp, with triumph and with revelling." You might contrast these two with true love and a deeper sense of maturity. The other couples show more immaturity and superficial behavior by the end than the others, don't you think?

Although Hermia is promised to Demetrius, she prefers really loves Lysander. Hermia is very stubborn and fiercely independent. She wants to get rid of Demetrius and set him up with her friend, Helena. Demetrius is uninterested in Helena; instead, he desperately wants to marry Hermia. Hermia's rebellious nature shows when she disobeys her father and then attempts to elope with ...

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This job makes distinctions between Theseus and Hippolyta, Demetrius and Helena, Lysander and Hermia, and Oberon and Titania.

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