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Women in ‘A Room with a View’ by Forster and ‘A Mid-Summer’s Dream’ by Shakespeare

The play, ‘A Room with a View’ and the novel, ‘A Mid-Summer’s Dream’ are correlated in various aspects; in which their authors seem to be having a common knowledge in writing them. As the play and the novel depict, various characters seem to be in similar situations; in which the writers bring out various scenarios to be much related in several aspects. More specifically, Lucy Honeychurch in the play and, Hermia and Helena in the novel are brought out as being in similar situations. In this case, the three characters are exposed to certain life situations which seem to interplay as the play and the novel scenes unfold on different occasions (Forster 10).

Perhaps, the writer of the play, ‘A Room with a View’; Lucy Honeychurch is brought out as a female character who had no strong stand on her decisions and strongly struggles to attain her aspirations. More specifically, Lucy’s struggles bring her out as developing from indecision to accomplishment; as she struggles out of archaic values to modernized and more liberal ones. While on the trip in Italy, Lucy is brought out as an ambitious lady in search of a change in which she does not strictly hold to one lover; as she finds herself in love with various men whom she could not evade. In various cases, the writer brings Lucy as one of the modern ladies whose life is not bound to making new friends regardless of the stipulations by the old-fashioned Victorian era (Forster 22-39).

On the other hand, Hermia and Helena in the novel, ‘A Mid-summer Night’s Dream’; emerges as victims of situations in which they seem to have no strong grounds in their decisions. As the novel unfolds, both Hermia and Helena are brought out as being undecided concerning their lovers which leads to them exchanging lovers. In this case, the two female characters are portrayed as more liberalized to modernity were not many restrictions as far as love matters are concerned. Is it the novel winds up, both Hermia and Helena are seen to be easily moved in their decisions which brings them out as victims of indecision in search of their success. In such a situation, therefore, both Hermia and Helena can be described as easygoing as they exchange lovers even for marriage as depicted by the novel as it ends (Shakespeare 29-51).

Nevertheless, the three characters; Lucy in the play and Hermia and Helena in the novel seem to be undergoing similar situations in which they find themselves as victims of circumstances. In this regard, Lucy Honeychurch, Hermia and Helena can be seen to be exposed to similar situations of being ambitious for a change and at the same time being weak in decisions. More specifically, the three characters are seen as individuals who are not strict with their decisions leading to their inability to uphold to one lover till marriage. In this case, the authors of both the play and the novel seem to be having similar knowledge in portraying the personalities of various characters (Forster 45-56).

More so, it could be observed that; both the play and the novel interplay in terms of revealing the untold similarity among the characters in different scenarios. As it is revealed in both the cases, Lucy, Hermia and Helena are brought out as being manipulated by men in various cases which portray them as being ignorant in love matters. The characters are observed to be moved by various men from one stand to another which they seem to be ignorant of it, and expose them further as being undecided and sub-missive. Generally, there are various scenarios in which the personalities of Lucy, Hermia and Helena seem to interplay as indicated in different cases where their situations seem similar (Shakespeare 35-79).

Certainly, both the play and the movie seem to be having a common view of women in the sense that; they are objecting to being moved anyhow. Having seen various situations of the interplay between the novel and the play, both the authors of the novel and the play expose women as individuals whose decisions are dependent on men’s choices. In this regard, women in the play and the novel are brought out as having no strong grounds concerning their decisions and being used by men as they wish with no obligations whatsoever (Shakespeare 45-60).

For instance in the novel, ‘ A Mid-summer Night’s Dream’, the women characters are portrayed as being unable to make their own decisions and strongly stand on them; leading to their manipulation by men. As it could be observed in the novel, both Hermia and Helena seem to be having no stand concerning the choosing of their lovers. More specifically, the two female characters in the novel come out as being not mindful of their lover choices; because their male lovers exchange them later on and they seem to be having no problem. In this regard, therefore, the women in this novel are depicted as being unable to make and stand on their decisions strongly (Shakespeare 54-79).

On the other hand, in the play ‘A Room with a View’; women are also brought out as indecisive individuals who rely on what men decide for them. Perhaps, the play exposes women as being quite flexible in their decisions and that; they can easily be manipulated by men as far as love affairs are concerned. As the various scenes of the play unfold, women are consistently exposed as individuals who seem to be readily changed in favour of men’s aspirations and fulfilment of their desires. Generally, the play reveals the untold perception of women by men in the sense that; women are just playing objects whose choices should not be respected (Forster 45-59).

For instance, Lucy’s ambitions in overcoming the old-fashioned values in the Victoria era; leads to her revolving around a situation where she is continuously influenced by men in various aspects. As the play depicts, Lucy finds herself in a situation where she can not make a strong decision on whom to love as various men like George, Cecil and Emerson propose marriage for her; in which she accepts each of them on different occasions. In this case, the author portrays women as being manipulated by men very easily especially in love affairs (Forster 67-73).

As depicted in both the play and the novel, women are portrayed as individuals who have no strong grounds in their decisions and are easily influenced by men in various aspects. Perhaps, women are perceived as being weak creatures in terms of decision making; in which they are observed to be having no strong grounds in various decision-making aspects. Generally, the authors in both the play and the novel reveal the untold flexibility of women various decisions; especially in love matters.

Works cited

Forster, Edwards. “A Room with a View”. New York: Oxford University Press. (1986): 5- 73.

Shakespeare, William. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. London: Rout ledge Publishers. (1999): 20 – 79.


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