Shakespeare plays with the fact that love is easily changeable and uses the love potion as a play tool in the play. He uses this topic very cleverly and to change the course of the play. This is shown when Demetrious had no interest in Helena until Puck pours the love potion into his eyes, until that time Demetrious had been in love with Hermia while Helena loved him and Hermia loved Lysander. Love makes people irrational and foolish, and love can be seen as a game. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream the children deny their parents of control over who they marry, this was unheard of in that time period and so it was taken very seriously by their parents, although during this t... ... middle of paper ... ...even after leaving the forest the affects are still working, Hermia marries Lysander after Puck correctly applies the love potion.
This is important because the play focuses on the lives and relationships of the lovers. In addition, because of Puck’s interaction with these characters, his actions throughout the play, alters the final outcome. Finally, Puck’s relationship with all the mortals in the play, his connection to his fellow fairies, and the bond he has with his boss, King Oberon make him the best choice for a protagonist. Puck influences the plot with his use of the love potion by altering the lovers’ fates. This is supported by the quote, “Churl, upon thy eyes I throw All the power this charm doth owe.
It also merges reality and dream making very difficult to draw distinction between them. It is argued in the present essay that A Midsummer Night's Dream main message is about how power, either of father or ruler, is used to arrange and manipulate romantic relations between subordinate people making them dependent on dominant representations of family, gender and discipline. On the surface, Shakespeare's play is a light comedy about romantic relations between a group of Athenian lovers, who spend their time in a fairy forest hours before the marriage of Theseus, Duke of Athens and Hippolyta, Queen of Amazons. Demetrius is desperate to gain love of Hermia, who loves Demetrius, while Helena seeks Demetrius' love. The story of love and jealousy is further dramatised by the magic love juice mistakenly applied by Oberon, a king of fairies, to Lysander and Demetrius, both of whom fall in love with Helena.
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a play full of whimsical comedy, a magical forest and fairies, and most prominently, a sweet and funny story about love. The play presents that love is like a vision; it is somewhat ridiculous, absurd, or perhaps an illusion that often make people’s lives miserable. As Puck once said, “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” If love is an unmanageable addiction and perhaps humans are foolish enough for entering its unpredictable journey, nevertheless, there is no excitement in life without it.
A Midsummer Nights Dream Shakespeare’s treatment of illusion and reality in the play A Midsummer Nights Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare, it is a play about lovers and includes madness, mayhem, magic and illusion. The title tells us of the inevitable confusion to come, as in Elizabethan times ‘A Midsummer Night’ was a festival linked with mayhem and chaos, and the fact it is a ‘dream’ conjures up ideas of illusion and fantasy. The play has two settings, Athens which represents reality, order and daylight and the woods, the world of the fairies, which symbolize illusion, magic, and a place of darkness. There are three main groups of characters the courtiers, the workmen and the fairies whose actions form four different plots within the play. 1.
Shakespeare’s use of dramatic irony illustrates the parallel between the mortal and immortal worlds to present the grave concept of fate in an unthreatening manner, thus enabling man to comprehend the inexplicable. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, fate is in the hands of impish fairies with childlike ambitions, whose recklessness serves a catalyst for disorder in the mortal world. This seemingly disastrous set-up is made humorous thanks to Shakespeare’s incorporation of dramatic irony, which placates the audience, and serves as a reminder that all will be well. By Act 2 Scene 1 the audience has been introduced to the puppets of fate, the mortal lovers, and the puppeteers, the fairies. Lysander and Hermia flee to the forest to escape Hermia’s arranged marriage, while closely pursued by the vengeful Demetrius and Helena.
Helena argues that strong emotions such as love can make extremely unpleasant things beautiful. This is another way the play presents love’s difficulties between lovers and capricious emotions. Magic is introduced to the play through the fairies which are ruled by Titania an... ... middle of paper ... ...s recognizable. Macbeth becomes delusional throughout the play, resulting in him becoming a darker character and not knowing when to stop letting his ambitious ways interfere with rational choices. Light begins to appear in the play when characters begin to see how Macbeth is losing his mind and becomes concerned with having him as King of Scotland.
In conclusion, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare effectively uses the motifs of the seasons, the moon, and dreams to show that love, irrationality, and disobedience directly cause chaos. By calling to mind the seasons in unnatural order, describing the moon behaving strangely, and discussing the dualistic, irrational nature of dreams, Shakespeare effectively evokes a sense of chaos and disorder. Linking each of these motifs to the themes of love, irrationality, and disobedience allows Shakespeare to illustrate the disarray that is bound to result from any romance.
We are made uncertain of how love treats us, and if it even really exists. Puck’s purpose is to force the audience to confront their confidence in true love’s existence, despite Puck showing the arbitrary nature of love within the play. What Puck wants to relay to the audience is that all that true love is, is a dream, or an unattainable idea that has been altered by reality. Puck accomplishes this by firstly making “true love” within the play a haphazard, ridiculous mess. An example of this is when he turned Bottom’s head into an ass, followed by Titania falling in love with him.
Love exists in A Midsummer Night’s dream before Oberon and Puck sets magic upon others which then causes some of the true love to instantly disappear. The feeling of love in the poem is both real and fake. In the beginning of Shakespeare’s play a man names Egeus wishes for his daughter Hermia to wed with Demetrius. However, Hermia and another man Lysander are completely and hopelessly in love. Despite what his daughter wants, he wants her to marry Demetrius.