Theseus: duke of Athens, engaged to Hippolyta. Theseus represents power and order throughout the play. He appears only at the beginning and end of the story, and greatly influences the decisions of Hermia. At the beginning of the play, he declares Hermia must marry Demetrius, become a nun, or die. This causes Hermia and Lysander to flee Athens. The play revolves around the days leading up to Hippolyta and his wedding, concluding on their wedding day (where Hermia and Lysander, and Helena and Demetrius are also married). At the end, Theseus allows Hermia and Lysander to marry, partly because Demetrius no longer wants to marry Hermia. Can be paralleled to Oberon, king of the fairies.