A Midsummer Night's Dream Dramatic Monologue

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I am a merry wanderer of the night. I jest to Oberon, my lord, and make him smile. Those that 'Hobgoblin' call me, and 'Sweet Puck', I do their work, and they shall have good luck. I am he, Robin Good fellow, yet referred to as 'Puck' countless times. There hath been many estranged events that hath occurred before mine eyes. My story starts when I was mischievously overhearing conferences and events at the nuptial hour of Theseus and Hippolyta. Demetrius first appears with Egeus, who is full of vexation and complaint against his fair daughter, Hermia. Egeus speaks greatly of Demetrius, calling him "my noble lord" and telling Theseus that it is Demetrius who hath his consent to marry Hermia, Egeus's daughter. He says that Lysander hath bewitch'd Hermia and hast given her rhymes, and interchang'd love tokens. Hermia hath turned her obedience to stubborn harshness and states that she does not know "by what power she is made bold."

She asks Theseus what will befall her if she does not consent to her father's desires by wedding Demetrius. After Hermia is given the choice of death or to abjure forever the society of men, serving life in a convent, if she declines to marry Demetrius, Lysander beseeches his own worth to Egeus: "I am, my lord, as well deriv'd as he, as well possess'd; my love is more than his; my fortunes every way as fairly rank'd". After Hermia has expressed her wish to marry Lysander, and the duke has outlined her choices, Demetrius asks Hermia to "relent" and Lysander to "yield thy crazed title to his certain right." Both Lysander and Helena herself expose that Demetrius "made love to Helena, and won her soul." Helena says that before Demetrius look'd upon Hermia,