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Why is Egeus angry with his daughter in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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medrano10 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 22, 2010 at 7:17 AM via web

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Why is Egeus angry with his daughter in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 22, 2010 at 7:27 AM (Answer #1)

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Egeus is a man of Athens.  He is angry with his daughter, Hermia, because she does not want to marry Demetrius.  He has arranged for the two of them to get married, but she does not want to marry Demetrius.  Instead, she is in love with Lysander.

She will soon run away with Lysander into the forest.  She does this because both her father and the ruler of Athens tell her she must marry Demetrius.

Once the two of them, plus Demetrius and Helena, are in the forest, the main part of the play can begin.

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Wiggin42 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted March 23, 2014 at 2:15 AM (Answer #2)

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Egeus is Hermia's father. He wants his daughter to marry Demetrius because he finds favor in him and because it would be a good economic match for his daughter. However, Hermia is in love with Lysander and does not wish to marry Demetrius. In anger, Egeus goes to Theseus to convince his daughter to marry Demetrius. 

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