In the space below, write an analysis of one character from A Midsummer Night's Dream, exploring what archetype they represent. Use examples from the text to support your claim. In addition to thoroughly analyzing the text, use at least one example of each of the grammar skills you have studied in this lesson, including a participle, an infinitive, an example of active voice, an example of passive voice, a nonrestrictive clause, and a verb that expresses subjunctive mood. Highlight or bold each example in your response. Your response should be between two hundred fifty and three hundred words.      

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Titania, the queen of the fairies, would be an interesting choice to analyze as an archetype. Despite the fact that Shakespeare wrote the play in the sixteenth century, Titania can be viewed as an archetype of an independent, modern woman. She is unafraid to speak her mind, as is seen in this exchange with her husband, Oberon when they are arguing over who will raise the Indian boy orphaned by Titania's friend and follower. Titania announces her intention to raise him, even if it would be as a single mother, challenging the patriarchal society that even she is subject to:

But she, being mortal of that boy did die

And for her sake do I rear up her boy

And for her sake I will not part with him.

A participle could be that Oberon puts a magical potion into the eyes of the sleeping Titania.

An infinitive could be that Oberon is reluctant to see Titania's determination to keep the child.

An example of active voice is that Titania defies her husband's desire to raise the boy to be one of his followers.

An example of passive voice is that the boy was fought over by Titania and Oberon.

A nonrestrictive clause offers nonessential information about the subject. An example could be that Oberon, a character liked by some and hated by others, tricks his wife into falling in love with a donkey.

A verb that expresses subjunctive mood communicates something that is not factual. For example, if Titania's friend and follower were alive, she would not need someone to raise her child for her.

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