Age Range: 20s - Early, 20s - Late, 30s - Early
Dialects: Standard American, Standard English
PlayName: Midsummer Night's Dream, A
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Public domain
In the first part of this monologue, Lysander speaks to Demetrius. Lysander and Demetrius are both in love with Hermia, however, only Demetrius has Hermia's father's blessing to be wed. After addressing Demetrius, Lysander tries to convince Egeus, Hermia's father, that he is the better suitor for Hermia. He also tells Egeus that Demetrius had sex with Helena, who still loves him.
AuthorName: William Shakespeare
Eras: 1601-1700, 1501-1600
You have her father's love, Demetrius; Let me have Hermia's: do you marry him. I am...View Full Monologue Text
You have her father's love, Demetrius;
Let me have Hermia's: do you marry him.
I am, my lord, as well derived as he,
As well possess'd; my love is more than his;
My fortunes every way as fairly rank'd,
If not with vantage, as Demetrius';
And, which is more than all these boasts can be,
I am beloved of beauteous Hermia:
Why should not I then prosecute my right?
Demetrius, I'll avouch it to his head,
Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena,
And won her soul; and she, sweet lady, dotes,
Devoutly dotes, dotes in idolatry,
Upon this spotted and inconstant man.