If I were Hermia, should I obey my father's wishes? father is like a God like he told Hermia that she has to marry Demetrius or otherwise she has to be virgin for her rest of her life or she has to die.so if i would Hermia should i obey my father wishes to marry Demetrius instead of LYsandar. if yes then why and if i should not then why not?

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If you were a good young girl in Shakespeare's time, then yes, you should do as your father says. That's the conventional wisdom, and apparently the law of Athens supports this view. If you disobey, the penalty is pretty severe. Theseus spells them out in Act One scene 1.

But Hermia is not a conventional girl. The law - and her father - demand that she do something she simply cannot, and she is compelled by her love for Lysander to disboey her father. The action of the play is really begun by Hermia's decision to elope with her lover.

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