A Midsummer Night's Dream Act 1 Scene 1 lines 41-66 Theme: Parents are responsible for preventing their children from making bad choices
Consent to marry with 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.
Act 1 Scene 1 lines 47-53
What say you, Hermia? Be advis'd, fair maid. To you your father should be as a god, One that compos'd your beauties, yea, and the one To whom you are but as a form in wax By him imprinted, and within his power To leave the figure or disfigure it. Demetrius is a worthy gentleman.
Act 1 Scene 1 line 54
So is Lysander
Act 1 Scene 1 lines 55-57
In himslef he is; But this kind, wanting your father's voice, the other must be held worthier.
Act 1 Scene 1 lines 58-59
I would my father look'd but with my eyes.
Rather your eyes must with his judgement look.
Act 1 Scene 1 lines 60-66
I do entreat your grace to pardon me. I know not by what power I am made bold, Nor how it may concern my modesty, In such a presence here to plead my thoughts; But I beseech your grace that I may know The worst that may befall me in this case, If I refuse to wed Demetrius.