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Love and Transcendence A Feminist Approach

The purpose of this discussion is to identify the patriarchal ideology present in both of these works, from a feministic approach and critique.From a first layer point of view, A Midsummer Night’s Dream guides its audience through a beginning which is laced with mismatched lovers all of whom wish to be with a different individual than who they are currently with. The play turns into a vehicle for which to transport the lovers to a strange and wondrously new environment full of unexpectedness. It then returns its lovers to their original habitat which is the city of Athens, symbolic of order and tradition. The play serves as a sort of parable from which a moral or prevailing idea can be extracted. The end of the play exhibits the creating of a very happy finale to the piece. When looking at the piece from a feminist approach, it would seem that the take-home message is an attempt at creating a sense of ’all is right with the world’ by taking women from a position of unrequited love or forbidden love to a place of being properly paired with appropriate male partners. The assumption that marriage is the normal ending to any male and female courtship also exists promoting the patriarchal ideology of marriage of the time period in which the play was written. Additionally, the end of the piece indicates that each lover needed to ‘learn’ something in their travel to the woods and then back again, in order to be rightly placed at the end.A feminist analysis on A Midsummer Night’s Dream will yield a look at how Shakespeare depicted his female characters in this piece as well as how those characters interacted with their male matches. When examining the relationship which is first portrayed between Helena and Dmitri, one sees a woman desperately in love and pining after the man. Dmitri however has turned his attentions to his arranged fiancé Hermina.

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