List of Characters
Hermia—a young woman in love with Lysander but ordered by her father to marry Demetrius
Helena—Hermia’s friend from childhood who is in love with Demetrius
Lysander—the youth in love with Hermia
Demetrius—the man chosen by Egeus for his daughter, Hermia, to marry despite her love for Lysander
Egeus—Hermia’s father who insists upon his paternal right to choose her husband
Theseus—the duke of Athens; engaged to Hippolyta
Hippolyta—engaged to Theseus
Philostrate—master of the revel (celebration for Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding)
Nick Bottom (the weaver)—manager of the play-within-a-play and portrays Pyramus in it; becomes the object of Titania’s love
Peter (the carpenter)—author and director of the play-within-the-play
Francis Flute (the bellows mender)—unwillingly plays the role of Thisbe in the play-within-the-play
Tom Snout (the tinker)—portrays a wall in the play-within-the-play
Robin Starveling (the tailor)—portrays the moon in the play-within-the-play
Snug (the joiner)—portrays the lion in the play-within-the-play because he roars well
Oberon—king of the fairies; married to Titania
Titania—queen of the fairies; married to Oberon
Robin Goodfellow (Puck)—a hobgoblin in Oberon’s service
Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Mote, and Mustardseed—Titania’s fairies
Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Theseus (THEE-see-uhs), the duke of Athens, a wise, temperate ruler. Although he mistrusts the fantasy and imagination of “lunatics, lovers, and poets,” he can perceive with good humor the love and duty inspiring the abortive dramatic efforts of his subjects, and he tries to teach his bride and queen, Hippolyta, the value of their good intentions.
Hippolyta (hih-POL-ih-tuh), Theseus’ bride, the queen of the Amazons, the maiden warriors whom he has conquered. She is a woman of regal dignity, less willing than her lord to be tolerant of the faults of Peter Quince’s play, although she is more ready than he to believe the lovers’ description of their night in the forest.
Titania (tih-TAY-nee-uh), the imperious queen of the fairies. She feuds with her husband Oberon over her “little changeling boy,” whom the king wants as his page. Enchanted by Oberon’s flower, “love in idleness,” she becomes enamored of Bottom the Weaver in his ass’s head and dotes on him until her husband takes pity on her and frees her from the spell. She is quickly reconciled with him, and they join in blessing the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta, their favorites among mortals.
Oberon (OH-beh-ron), the king of the fairies, who gleefully plots with Puck to cast a spell on the fairy queen and take away her changeling. Once he has stolen the child, he repents his mischief and frees Titania from her ridiculous dotage. He teases her for her fondness for Theseus and is, in return, forced to confess his own affection for Hippolyta.
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