A Midsummer Night's Tragedy Essay

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Certain parallels can be drawn between William Shakespeare's plays, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', and 'Romeo and Juliet'. These parallels concern themes and prototypical Shakespearian character types. Both plays have a distinct pair of 'lovers', Hermia and Lysander, and Romeo and Juliet, respectively. Both plays could have also easily been tragedy or comedy with a few simple changes. A tragic play is a play in which one or more characters is has a moral flaw that leads to his/her downfall. A comedic play has at least one humorous character, and a successful or happy ending. Comparing these two plays is useful to find how Shakespeare uses similar character types in a variety of plays, and the versatility of the themes which he uses.In 'Romeo and Juliet', Juliet is young, 'not yet fourteen', and she is beautiful, and Romeo's reaction after he sees her is,'O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!It seems she hangs upon the cheek of nightAs a rich jewel in an Ethiop's earBeauty to rich for use, for the earth too dear!'Juliet is also prudent, 'Although I joy in thee, I have no joy in this contract tonight. It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden.' She feels that because they have just met, they should abstain from sexual intercourse.Hermia is also young, and prudent. When Lysander suggests that 'One turf shall serve as a pillow for both of us, One heart, one bed, two bosoms, and one troth,' Hermia replies 'Nay, good Lysander. For my sake, my dear, Lie further off yet; do not lie so near.' Although this couple has known each other for a while (Romeo and Juliet knew each other for one night when the above quote was spoken), Hermia also abstains from even sleeping near Lysander even though she believes he does not have impure intentions.Romeo's and Juliet's families are feuding. Because of these feuds, their own parents will not allow the lovers to see each other. In the a differnet way Hermia is not allowed to marry Lysander. Hermia's father Egeus says to Theseus, Duke of Athens,'Full of vexation come I, with complaintAgainst my child, my daughter Hermia.Stand fourth, Demetrius. My noble lord,This man hath my consent to marry her.Stand forth, Lysander. And, my gracious Duke,This man hath bewitched the bosom of my child.'Egeus tells the Duke that his daughter can marry Demetrius, not Lysander. Hermia replies '. . . If I refuse to wed Demetrius,' Egeus replies 'Either to die the death, or to abjure for ever the society of men.' If Hermia does go against her father's wishes, and weds Lysander, she will either be put to death, or be forced to become a nun.Both pairs of lovers also seek help from another. Juliet and Romeo seek Friar Lawrence, and Lysander and Hermia seek Lysander's aunt, who lives in the woods near...

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