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MSND Character Analysis

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MSND Character Analysis
Helena
A young woman of Athens in love with Demetrius. Helena has been rejected, abandoned by Demetrius, who had claimed to love her before he met her best friend, Hermia. She speaks in a self-pitying tone, putting herself in
dangerous and humiliating situations, running after Demetrius even though Demetrius wants nothing to do with her.
Egeus
A respected nobleman in Theseus’s court and father to Hermia. Egeus’s wish to control his daughter is quite severe—he asks Theseus to impose the death penalty on her if she refuses to marry Demetrius.
Oberon
The king of the fairies. Oberon is at odds with his wife, Titania, because she refuses to relinquish control of a
young prince whom she has kidnapped, but whom Oberon wants for a knight. Oberon’s desire for revenge on Titania leads him to send Robin to obtain the love-potion flower.
Theseus
The duke of Athens. Theseus is a hero from Greek mythology—he refers to the fact that he’s Hercules' cousin at one point. At the beginning of the play, Theseus has returned from conquering the Amazons, and is about to marry the conquered Amazon queen, Hippolyta. Theseus himself projects confidence, authority, and power.
Hermia
Egeus’s daughter. A beautiful young woman of Athens, and both Demetrius and Lysander are in love with her. Hermia defies her father’s wish that she marry Demetrius because she is in love with Lysander. She is unusually
strong-willed and independent, and is resolved to elope with Lysander. Hermia is also the childhood friend of Helena.
Hippolyta
The legendary queen of the Amazons, engaged to marry Theseus. Although Hippolyta is marrying Theseus because he defeated her in combat, she does not act at all like an unwilling bride. Theseus is very courtly in his manner toward Hippolyta, and she is unfailingly deferential toward him.
Lysander
A young nobleman of Athens in love with Hermia. Lysander believes that love must conquer all obstacles, so he persuades Hermia to run away from her home and family with him, into the forest.
Demetrius
A young nobleman of Athens. Demetrius once acted as if he loved Helena, but after she fell in love with him, he changed his mind and pursued Hermia. Demetrius is undeterred by the fact that Hermia does not want him.
Titania
The beautiful queen of the fairies. Titania resists the attempts of her husband, Oberon, to make a knight of the young prince whom she has taken. Until Oberon gives up his demand, Titania has sworn to avoid his company and his bed. She is less upset by the fact that she and Oberon are apart than by the fact that Oberon has been disrupting her and her followers' magic fairy dances.
Puck/Robin Goodfellow
A mischievous fairy who delights in playing pranks on mortals; Oberon’s jester. At
Oberon’s bidding, Robin sprinkles “love juice” in the eyes of various characters to change who they love; he makes mistakes which creates conflicts; though these mistakes are made honestly, he enjoys the mayhem they cause.
Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Mote, and Mustardseed
The fairies whom Titania orders to wait on Bottom after she
falls in love with him.
Philostrate
Theseus’s Master of the Revels, responsible for organizing the entertainment for the duke’s marriagecelebration.
Nick Bottom
The overconfident weaver chosen to play Pyramus in a play that a group of craftsmen have decided to put on for Theseus’s wedding celebration. Bottom, full of advice, is self-confidence but frequently makes silly mistakes
and misuses language. His simultaneous nonchalance about Titania’s sudden love for him and unawareness of the fact that Puck has transformed his head into that of an ass mark the pinnacle of his foolish arrogance.
Peter Quince
A carpenter and the nominal leader of the craftsmen’s attempt to put on a play. Quince is often
shoved aside. During the craftsmen’s play, Quince plays the Prologue.
Francis Flute
The bellows-mender chosen to play Thisbe in the craftsmen’s play.Forced to play a young girl in love,
the bearded craftsman determines to speak his lines in a high, squeaky voice.
Robin Starveling
The tailor chosen to play Thisbe’s mother in the craftsmen’s play. Robin Starveling ends up playing the part of Moonshine.
Tom Snout
The tinker chosen to play Pyramus’s father in the craftsmen’s play. Tom Snout ends up playing the part
of Wall, dividing the two lovers.
Snug
The joiner chosen to play the lion in the craftsmen’s play. Snug worries that his roaring will frighten the ladies
in the audience
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