Character Analysis Of Egeus In A Midsummer Night's Dream



My confessional narrative is a direct response to the play  A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Egeus's point of view. Egeus directly talks about and shares his point of view on the events that occurred. It states “ I was simply just fulfilling my job as a father. “Full of vexation came to a complaint Against my child, my daughter Hermia.—Stand forth, Demetrius.—My noble lord, This man hath my consent to marry her.—Stand forth, Lysander.—And my gracious duke, This man hath bewitched the bosom of my child.—”(1.1.22)This is an example of Egeus taking on one of the scenes in the play. He made a direct response to the events while still trying to prove that he was in the right.

In my confessional narrative, Egeus is very forthright with his viewpoints. Although the confessional is set after the end of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Egeus explains in a timely and cohesive manner which allows the reader to connect his responses to certain moments in the play. In Egeu’s confessional narrative and the play it states “Despite my efforts to save my daughter, she ended up with that coward Lysander. She even ended up marrying him and that so-called king helped them allowing them to get married the same day as him...THESEUS Here come the lovers, full of joy and mirth.—Joy, gentle friends! Joy and fresh days of love, Accompany your hearts!...LYSANDER More than to us Wait in your royal walks, your board, your bed!”(5.1.28) Egeus makes it clear that these events happen at the beginning of the text while putting his input and at the end of it all he is sure to site where it all occurred in the play to show the clear cut connection between his character confessional narrative and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

My confessional narrative provides embellishments to the play since we get to see Egeus's personality shine through as well as another perspective on the play. Egeus is very outspoken and blunt in the confessional narrative, he also shows his egotistical and self-righteous personality. In the confessional narrative, it states “ She was raising my blood pressure and I can’t take too much at this age. I know your shock. I don’t look a day over 20. Interviewer: sir your wrinkles and balding tell the whole story. Is this my interview or yours??? Interviewer: … (back to Egeus)Okay that’s what I thought. What did one of those queens say? It's quiet ain’t no back talk.” Egeus allows his personality to shine through in the confessional he doesn’t hold back or filter anything he is feeling. It also states in the confessional “Back to what I was saying: Since I am Hermia’s father I own her, she is and was way too naive to choose who she should marry. Although she is naive she's still very hard-headed therefore I had to threaten her with the extreme. “Be it so she will not hear before your grace Consent to marry Demetrius, I beg the ancient privilege of Athens. As she is mine, I may dispose of her—Which shall be either to this gentleman Or to her death—according to our law Immediately provided in that case.” This is a glimpse of how Egeus's commentary compliments and adds to Shakespeare's play by providing a whole new way of evaluating the plot and actions of other characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.