paternity

Fathers and husbands are powerful in A Midsummer Night's Dream, while mothers are either absent or challenged and defeated, as Titania is by Oberon. Egeus and Theseus speak of daughters as objects, created by a father and stolen by a lover, without volition of their own.

A Midsummer Night's Dream dramatises a set of claims which are repeated throughout Shakespeare's canon: claims for a spiritual kindship among men that is unmediated by women; for the procreative powers of men; and for the autogeny of men. (Montrose 1996: 115)

A parallell motif can be traced in the mens' breaking of bonds between women.