A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, what are three differences between the city of Athens and the magical forest?  

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First, Athens is a place of patriarchal order. Men are clearly in charge, with Theseus enforcing the laws—such as the law that a daughter must accept the husband her father chooses for her whether she wants to or not. Hippolyta, though soon to be Theseus's queen, seems to have no significant say in the running of the kingdom.

In the forest, the power balance between the genders is quite different. Titania, queen of the fairies, has her own entourage and functions more as an equal to Oberon, even if he has slightly more power. For instance, he can't simply order her to hand over the Indian boy, much as he wants him. Oberon must use subterfuge to get the boy, trying to distract Titania with a love potion so that she loses interest in her ward. This is a sharp contrast to Theseus simply ordering Hermia to marry the man of her father's choice—or else.

Second, the fairies in the forest live much closer to nature. Not only do they dwell in a leafy forest setting, but the discord between...

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