Every character in this play is hoping for something. There is no one who doesn’t have something that they wish to have albeit sometimes selfishly:

Theseus: He is the duke of Athens, and will soon be wed to Hippolyta the queen of the Amazons. He is anxious for his wedding day and wishes for the days to go by faster:

“Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour draws on apace; four happy days bring in another moon: but, O, methinks, how slow this old moon wanes! she lingers my desires like to a step-dam, or a dowager, long withering out a young man’s revenue.”

Egeus: He desires his daughter, Hermia to marry a man that she does not love; Demetrius:

“Full of vexation come I, with complaint against my child, my daughter Hermia…..My noble lord, this man hath my consent to marry her……..And she is mine, – and all my right of her I do estate unto Demetrius.”

Hermia: She is the daughter of Egeus, and does not want to marry Demetrius, but says that she is in love with Lysander. She wishes to marry him, and for her father to relent and let her:

“I would my father lookt but with my eyes……So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord, ere I will yield my virgin patent up unto his lordship, whose unwished yoke my soul consents not to give up sovereignty.”

Lysander: He is in love with Hermia and wants to marry her; but his rival Demetrius stands in his way:

“You have her father’s love, Demetrius; let me have Hermia’s……..my love is more than his; my fortunes every way as fairly ranked, if not with vantage, as Demetrius’…………I am beloved of beauteous Hermia: Why should I not prosecute my right?”

Demetrius: Is also infatuated with Hermia, and also desires her hand in marriage:

“Relent, sweet Hermia: – and, Lysander, yield they crazed title to my certain right.”



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