Character Change in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Those Magic Changes: An Analysis of Character Shift of in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Characters in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream go through multiple changes in behavior that occur by non-magical and magical means. Through these changes, we are able to see what tactics the characters use to navigate through their individual experiences dictating how they change themselves and others around them. The change of behavior in Lysander, Demetrius, and Titania are initially set in motion by the plans of Oberon and the mischief of Puck, but the magic not only changes the reality and behavior of these characters enchanted by the magic, but causes major behavioral shifts within ...

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react on their individual situations to uncover personal truths. They begin the play seemingly indistinguishable characters, though Lysander is defined as a champion of love by his statements such as, "Ay me, for aught that I could ever read/ Could ever hear by tale or history,/ The course of true love never did run smooth", while Demetrius acts indifferent to romance while vying for his right to marry Hermia. (I,i,134-136) Lysander's behavior towards Hermia shifts understandably in the woods when touched by magic, but a distinguishing characteristic is exposed when he engages in more sexually aggressive tactics to win Helena and is abusive to Hermia. This is in contrast to Demetrius who goes through an emotional change because of the magic intervention, but because of his own lack of interest, does not seem to shift as drastically. At the start of the play, he is indifferent to the emotions of each of the women based on his own patriarchal right as he says to Lysander, "yield/thy ...

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Added: 11/5/2017 12:50:02 PM
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Category: Shakespeare
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