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Compare two characters from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream contains a cast of many different types of characters. Perhaps two of the easiest to compare would be Helena and Hermia, the two young women. They are childhood friends, but they are very different. Hermia is described as 'beauteous' and desirable. Both Lysander and Demetrius are in love with her. She is petite and feminine and stubborn enough to refuse her father's choice of Demetrius as a husband. She and Lysander are in love.
Helena is in love with Demetrius even though he dumped her for Hermia. She is tall and anxious, even though she, too, is supposedly "fair." She is jealous of Hermia and lacks confidence in herself. The two women are of equal social status. Much of the humor in the play comes when Oberon's henchman, the fairy Puck, causes both Demetrius and Lysander to fall in love with Helena, where before they had both been in love with Hermia. Helen thinks they are making fun of her, and the two women get into a fight. Helena lacks Hermia's confidence in her own worth and cannot believe either man would love her. Still, things work out in the end as in all good comedies, and the two couples are married, each to the right person.
Posted by sensei918 on July 8, 2013 at 6:39 PM (Answer #1)
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