If we view the Athenian court as a symbol of reason and consciousness, and the fairy wood as a representative of imagination and the unconscious, we see a paradigm of the archetypal structure of the psyche begin to appear:
What the heck was I going to write about? Should I write about poetry mechanics?
Can I really write words about rhyming couplets? Would I want to write words about rhyming couplets?
Sitting with these anxious thoughts and soaking in the details of my first Shakespeare reading, my exhausted brain finally blessed me with the term which will guide this first blog post — archetypes.
Maduras made us memorize our literary terms during junior year of high school, I have never been able to shake see what I did there? Hermia is obviously the stubborn woman forced to stifle her true desires in order to comply with the unfortunately patriarchal world she resides in.
Helena blatantly represents the scorned woman — most likely destined for the nunnery or a membership in the spinster club —who burdens the other characters with her mere existence.
And in contrast to Helena, Shakespeare gives us Hippolyta, a once fierce and prideful woman, who now embodies what I would consider the meek and exhausted mother-type. Pausing, I found myself a bit disappointed with the spread of female archetypes in this play given how stereotypical and inherent they are to the present body of literature; the disobedient daughter, the hopeless but aggressive romantic, and the worn-out older woman.
Frankly, I would rather have come across a prostitute with a heart of gold.
Most refreshingly, Titania the Faerie Queen, reflects the traits of an archetype of more modern ideals — the woman who wants to be independent and takes pride in this unique desire. In fact, given our latest class discussion, Titania is host to characteristics which are unique to the modern and progressive female such as elective single motherhood, and quite possibly a lesbian relationship.
But she, being mortal of that boy did die; And for her sake do I rear up her boy; And for her sake I will not part with him. Clearly, she exudes confidence and loyalty to her friend, or possible lover, which can and will not be defeated in the name of the patriarch.
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I often find when I am reading Shakespeare that I always feel a mixture of being mildly disappointed but then also mildly surprised by the representation of ladies. For example in Much Ado About Nothing, I was pleasantly surprised by the witty and independent character of Beatrice but was rather disappointed by the hollow development of the other main female character, Hero.
Though Helena is the scorned woman, I found her to be a compelling character with a lot of attitude and self-awareness. Hermia, as you stated, is stubborn and determined, which I quite enjoyed. Lastly, I completely agree with your characterization of Titania who is a strong, modern woman.
Midsummer surprised me by its number of interesting female characters.A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare in / It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, . The dominant imagery in A Midsummer Night's Dream revolves around the moon and moonlight.
The word moon occurs three times in the play's first nine lines of the play, the last of these three references in a most striking visual image: "the moon, like to a silver bow / New bent in heaven.".
Through a mythological reading of Midsummer, we establish a formal unity of time, place, and action; time which could be 'dream time' or no time, a place which could be anyplace, and action which functions transformatively, as primordial time, in relationship to the play's archetypes.
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