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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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The moon as a symbol

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Therefore, fair Hermia, question your desires;
Know of your youth, examine well your blood,
Whether, if you yield not to your father's choice,
You can endure the livery of a nun,
For aye to be in shady cloister mew'd,
To live a barren sister all your life,
Chanting faint hymns to the cold fruitless moon. (1.1.67)

In the above lines uttered by Theseus to Hermia, what does the moon symbolize?

A

The frigid, barren grave that Hermia will face if she chooses not to marry Demetrius.

B

The cold, wasted life of a nun that Hermia could face if she chooses not to marry Demetrius.

C

The numbing, fruitless life she will have once she marries Demetrius, a man she does not love.

D

The dark and lonely life she will lead if she continues to refuse her father's orders and marries Lysander.

E

The mind and emotion-numbing effect her choices could have on Lysander's life if she continues to disobey her father's will.