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Midsummer Night's Dream Sociogram
Transcript of Midsummer Night's Dream Sociogram
Daughter of Egeus, loved by both Demetrius and Lysander, childhood friend of Helena.
Engaged to Hermia, love of Helena, chosen suitor of Egeus to wed Hermia, Lysander's rival for Hermia's hand in marriage
Demetrius was chosen as the central character because he was the first character to capture the attention of the fairies and set the plot. Although the fairies did not put the love-in-idleness on him first, they thought it was him which means he is the reason the two worlds collide. Essentially, that puts the whole story in motion.
Midsummer Night's Dream Sociogram
By: Brittany, Nik, Isaac and Emily
Father of Hermia, chooses Demetrius to wed Hermia, disapproves of Lysander
Egeus relates directly to Demetrius because he chooses him to wed his daughter, Hermia. This leads Hermia and Lysander to run away from Athens with Demetrius and Helena following them. This then puts them into the domain of the fairies and furthers the plot.
"Full of vexation come I with complaint
Against my child, my daughter Hermia.—
Stand forth, Demetrius.—My noble lord,
This man hath my consent to marry her." 1.1.22-25
Friend of Hermia, detested by Demetrius, loves Demetrius, brief love of Lysander, later wife of Demetrius
Helena's direct connection to Demetrius is one of the most important relationships of the story. After hearing Hermia and Lysander's plan to run away into the woods to be together, she alerts Demetrius and follows him as he chases after Hermia. Later Demetrius is made to fall in love with her by Puck, and after the conflict is resolved she becomes his wife.
"The more I love, the more he hateth me." 1.1.207
Attendant to Oberon, causes havoc among the lovers
Puck (Robin Goodfellow)
Fiance of Theseus, shares wedding with the 4 lovers
Duke of Athens, fiance of Hippolyta, gives Helena the option of becoming a nun, allows the four lovers to get married in a joint ceremony
Theseus judges Lysander and Demetrius in the issue of marrying Helena and so directly relates to Demetrius. Later in the story he allows Demetrius to marry Helena.
"Fair lovers, you are fortunately met.
Of this discourse we more will hear anon.
Egeus, I will overbear your will.
For in the temple by and by with us
These couples shall eternally be knit."4.1.164-168
Advisor to Theseus
Philostrate reads the different plays for Theseus to choose from on his and the lovers' wedding night, so has a relation to Demetrius through Theseus.
"There is a brief, how many sports are ripe. Make choice of which your highness will see first. "5.1.42-43
Main actor of the mechanicals, turned into a donkey by Robin Goodfellow, brief lover of Titania
Through Titania and then through Oberon, Bottom has an indirect connection to Demetrius. Towards the end of the story, Bottom's acting troupe performs at the wedding of Theseus and the four lovers, making his indirect connection a direct one.
"Will it please you to see the Epilogue or to hear a Bergomask dance between two of our company?"
Queen of the fairies, married to Oberon, falls in love with Bottom
Through Oberon and Puck, Titania has an indirect connection to Demetrius. At the end of the story, she, Oberon, and their fairies dance through the halls, blessing the four lovers and Theseus and Hippolyta with a happy marriage and home.
"First rehearse your soong by rote, to each word a warbling note. Hand in hand, with fairy grace, will we sing and bless this place." 5.1.414-417
Actors in the wedding of the four lovers and Theseus and Hippolyta
The Mechanicals (Peter Quince, Francis Flute, Tom Snout, Snug and Robin Starveling)
King of the Faires, married to Titania, Puck's master
When Puck makes Demetrius fall in love with Helena, he indirectly connects Demetrius and Oberon. After the wedding and the Mechanical's play, Oberon,Titania, and their fairies bless Demetrius and Helena's marriage.
"A sweet Athenian lady is in love with a disdainful youth. Anoint his eyes, but do it when the next thing he sees may be the lady. Thou shalt know the man by the Athenian garments he hath on." 2.1.269-273
Attendants to Titania
Fairies (Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Mote and Mustardseed
The fairies do not directly correlate with Demetrius. However, they attend on Titania who connects to Demetrius.
(Titania to Bottom) "I'll give thee fairies to attend on thee, and they shall fetch thee jewels from the deep." 3.1.161-162
Robin Goodfellow is sent by Oberon to lace the love-in-idleness potion on Lysander, thinking he was Demetrius, and cause him to fall in love with Helena. This relates him indirectly to Demetrius and sets up the confusion between the lovers.
"Then will two at once woo one. That must needs be sport alone. And those things do best please me that befall preposterously." 3.2.120-124
At the beginning of the story, Lysander was Demetrius's rival for Hermia's love. When they run away to the forest, Demetrius follows them and comes into contact with the fairies.
(Demetrius to Lysander) "Lysander, yield your crazed title to my certain right" 1.1.95-96
Through Theseus, Hippolyta has an indirect connection to Demetrius. In the end of the story, she shares her wedding with Demetrius, Helena, Hermia, and Lysander.
"But all the story of the night told over, And all their minds transfigured so together, More witnesseth than fancy’s images And grows to something of great constancy, But, howsoever, strange and admirable." 5.1.23-27
At the beginning of the story, Demetrius professes his love to Hermia and argues with Lysander over her hand in marriage. When Hermia and Lysander later run away to the forest, Demetrius follows them.
"The more I hate, the more he follows me."
Their only connection to Demetrius is when they perform at the wedding the four lovers share with Theseus.
(Bottom to Mechanicals) "Meet presently at the palace. Every man look o'er his part. For the short and the long is, our play is preferred." 4.2.36-38