Is A Midsummer Night's Dream supportive of patriarchy?In school, we are requiered to write an essay by the theoretical perspective of radical feminism and apply this to a topic. My topic is: "A...

Is A Midsummer Night's Dream supportive of patriarchy?

In school, we are requiered to write an essay by the theoretical perspective of radical feminism and apply this to a topic.

My topic is: "A Midsummer Night's Dream is supportive of patriarchy"

Does anyone have any essential points/information/relations etc. from the book that could be benefical for me and my essay?

I am suppose to write an argumentative text showing my standpoint on this statement.

 

Please, I need all opinions/thoughts etc I can get!

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In my opinion,A Midsummer Night's Dream definitely reinforces a patriarchal society. There are several examples starting with Theseus, the Duke of Athens (and the Athenian law he rules with).

First of all, Theseus took Hippolyata (Queen of the Amazons) by force as spoils of war, and forced her to marry him.  There is some evidence that she came to love him, but she had no choice in the arrangement at the beginning.

Hermia's father, Egeus, is a prime example of the male-dominated society, as he treats his daughter as property and tries to force his marriage choice (Demetrius) on Hermia when she would rather have Lysander.

The law backs Egeus up, as we see when Theseus tells Hermia that according to Athenian law, she must bend to her father's will, be executed, banished, or forced to join a convent and remain a virgin the rest of her life.

Even in the spirit world, we see male domination. Oberon and Titania fight over a changeling child she has been given...but Oberon plays dirty to get his way. He gets Puck to put the juice from the love-in-idleness flower into Titania's eyes so she will be humiliated and fall in love with an ass (donkey). When she is distracted, then, he takes the child and wins the game.

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