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Lysander and Demetrius

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Coltin Barney

on 14 April 2014

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Transcript of Lysander and Demetrius

Comparing and Contrasting Lysander & Demetrius
By, Coltin Barney
"My noble lord, this man hath my consent to marry her.-Stand forth Lysander"(P. 5)
First off, this quote shows a very big and important difference between Lysander and Demetrius. It shows that Demetrius has the favor of Hermia's father, Egeus, while Lysander, on the other hand, does not. Egeus, therefore, is asking Lysander to back off and let Demetrius marry his daughter, Hermia, even though Hermia does not love Demetrius.
"I am, my lord, as well derived as he, as well possessed. My love is more than his; My fortunes every way as fairly ranked(If not with vantage) as Demetrius'; And(which is more than all these bosts can be) I am beloved of beautaneus Hermia."(P. 13)
In this passage, Lysander is explaining to Egeus that he has all of the same assets and qualifications as Demetrius. He explains that he has all of the riches and requirements that must be met to be Hermia's husband. He also goes on to bring to Egeus's attention that he also has Hermia's love which Demetrius does not have which therefore makes him even more qualified for the position of being Hermia's wife.
"... Helen, I love thee. By my life I do. I swear that by which i will lose for the to prove him false that says I love thee not."(P. 99-101)
In this passage, it shows that while they are ver different, Demetrius and Lysander are also alike because both of them originally loved Hermia but both were put under a spell to love Helena. Also, the spell made both of them change and hate Hermia. Overall, these two are both alike because they were both forced into loving someone that they didn't originally love and hating someone that they originally were in love with.
"I know you two are rival enemies. How comes this gentle concord in the world, that hatred is so far from jealousy to sleep by hale and fear no enmity?"(P. 131)
This is a quote from Theseus where he is talking about Demetrius's and Lysander's hatred for each other. It shows that Demetrius and Lysander both have a deep hatred for each other and are rivals. Theseus does not understand the reason for the hatred but does realize that they seem to have been born as rivals for each other.
In conclusion, this shows that while very different, Demetrius and Lysander are also somewhat alike in the book,
A Midsummer Night's Dream
. Overall, they are two very competitive and heated rivals.
Do you have a rival in your life? In
A Midsummer Night's Dream
, by William Shakespeare, the 2 rivals in the story that fight over everything are Demetrius and Lysander. However, there are many similarities as well as differences between Lysander and Demetrius.
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