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All of the women of Shakespeare's time were held to a high standard of propriety. However, had the women of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream acted appropriately, the play would not have been a comedy. Hermia, for one, runs away from her controlling Father and into the woods with a man to whom she is not married. This is a very inappropriate way for for a young virgin to act in a Christian society and especially in Elizabethan England. Even though Hermia runs away with Lysander, she still maintains her virginity by heeding to strict rules of chastity in the forest. For example, she does not allow Lysander to lie next to her when they are preparing to sleep for the night. In this way, Hermia maintains her decency and reputation.
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