The nature of Theseus is ambivalent. Before us is a powerful Athenian governor, representing a harsh and fair law in the world of mortals. Here we could draw a parallel with the mission of Oberon. As a leader, Theseus has wisdom and tries to consider carefully the situation of everyone. He must maintain his own authority, which is why, deep in his heart, sympathizing with Hermia, he promises to sentence her to death for disobeying her father. Theseus is similar to the philosopher Socrates, who said that even if the law is unjust, it should be obeyed. Violation of legislation leads to the crushing of society. This explains his attitude towards poets and lovers. He perceives them as crazy, who are guided solely by emotions and forget about the mind. Even his love for Hippolyta is only a military trophy. Theseus embodies a rational beginning, which fears deep feelings and tries to calculate any risks in advance.
Theseus in the Essays