A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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Describe Theseus's character in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. What sort of leader does he seem to be?  

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Theseus, the Duke of Athens in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is a product of his time. In fact, Theseus is the product of two somewhat parallel "times": Shakespeare's England, in the late sixteenth century, and Ancient Greece.

The Theseus of legend was the heroic king (not duke) of Athens who slew the Minotaur and unified Athens. As recounted in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Theseus defeated the Amazons, captured Hippolyta, and took her by force back to Athens to be his wife.

In ancient Greece and in sixteenth-century England, women were considered weaker than men—somewhat ironically, since Hippolyta was the formidable queen of the Amazons in her own right, and the ruler of the "kingdom of England" was a woman, Elizabeth I—and women had very few rights in comparison to men. A woman's prescribed place was in the home, subservient to her husband (and to her father before she was married), and her role in life was to bear and raise children.

It's for these reasons that Theseus...

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