However, the characters seem to have a love-hate relationship with Cupid. Within the first line of the play, it is glorified: "If music be the food of love, play on..." (Duke Orsino, I:I). And while Olivia is annoyed with Orsino's affection, she craves Curio's. However, Shakespeare also picks on love. Not only did Malvolio's confusion about his and Olivia's relationship prove to add to the comedy, but it rather showed how one can play with love, and use it for another's harm.
True love exists only in the character’s words and feelings such as selfishness and obsession are mistaken for true love. By analyzing each character’s relationships one can argue that the characters are persuaded to falsely fall in love and that love is simply an illusion. The questioning and persistence of true love begins with the opening scene. It is a dialog between a minor, ... ... middle of paper ... ...m man. Throughout A Midsummer’s Night Dream Shakespeare argues that the notion that is perceived as love is often not love at all and it’s rather selfishness or an obsession.
The universal theme of love seems rather difficult to define. Shakespeare investigates this notion using his play, “As You Like it”; the characters’ actions, speeches and emotions reflect the different types of love according to Shakespeare’s point of view. One type of love, the irrational and exaggerated kind, is portrayed through the character of Silvius. Despite Phoebe’s multiple rejections, the shepherd’s obsession for her stimulates his will to maintain his stream of incessant love declarations. Another type of love is reflected through Touchstone, Duke Frederick’s fool: the purely sexual kind of love, demonstrated in the sexual references Touchstone employs in his journey with Rosalind and Celia.
The Theme of True Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare The overriding theme of the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare deals with the nature of love. Though true love seems to be held up as an ideal, false love is mostly what we are shown. Underneath his frantic comedy, Shakespeare seems to be asking the questions all lovers ask in the midst of their confusion: How do we know when love is real? How can we trust ourselves that love is real when we are so easily swayed by passion and romantic conventions? Some readers may sense bitterness behind the comedy, but will probably also recognize the truth behind Shakespeare's satire.
She hath Dian’s wit,/ And, in strong proof of chastit... ... middle of paper ... ...Act I. In Act I of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare demonstrates different forms of love that characters face. From the beginning, Romeo struggles to find true love and what love really is. As for Juliet, she also struggles on what love is, but also finding her own voice. And when finally finding true love they discover that they have fallen in love their own enemy.
Also, just as a poet can create poems out of nothing, a lover can see things that do not exist, such the reciprocation of a flirty gesture, simply because that is he or she want to see. Deceiving and irrational, love can be a challenging emotion to endure. It can be difficult to find happiness in love, and on the journey to find that happiness, love can influence one’s thought process. Shakespeare uses specific wording in his play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to poke fun while exploring the individual’s quest for love. The desire to find love and a happy ending with a lover is so strong in the foundation of mankind, that people will not accept a life without it.
Early in the play he says to Hermia, “[M]y heart to yours is knit, / so that but one heart we can make of it” (2.2.47-48), but later he reviles his supp... ... middle of paper ... ...e deeper and more resounding than the conflicts that are resolved. Is it possible for Demetrius and Helena to live happily ever after though the love binding them is synthetic? Can Lysander and Hermia ever have a trusting relationship, knowing the fickleness of love? A Midsummer Night’s Dream has potential to be a cheerful play, but it has too many sharp edges and hard scenes to be so. The concept of love is quite convincingly questioned.
Shakespeare endues love with numerous traits and flaws, elaborating on the nature of love with statements made by the young lovers. Through Helena‘s soliloquy, Shakespeare describes many of the frustrating characteristics attributed to love. When considering this monologue in terms of Jacobean ideals of order and sensibility, some elements of love seem contradictory to such ideals. ‘(…) Things base and vile, folding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity: Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind: Nor hath Love's mind of any judgement taste; Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste: And therefore is Love said to be a child, Because in choice he is so oft beguiled. As waggish boys in game themselves forswear, So the boy Love is perjured every where :(…)’ Helena describes many of love’s apparent qualities, one such quality is love’s ability to affect one’s reason and judgement; to take ‘Things base and vile, folding no quantity,’ and then to ‘transpose’ them ‘to form and dignity’.
Shakespeare intended to question the validity of love. He intended to question just how young love and circumstances surrounding the conception of love may be. Immaturity and passion is raised as the essence of Romeo and Juliet’s relationship. To those in Romeo and Juliet’s world their connection is irrational and incoherent. However it is evident Romeo and Juliet truly believed that what they had was love, regardless of their age and circumstances.
Sometimes when people are in love they tend to do things that they could not imagine. Their mind is so caught up on the person that they forget everything and focus on them. The love takes over their mind and they do the unthinkable. In Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare shows love by introducing us to Romeo and Juliet who are star-crossed lovers. In the play, Shakespeare has messages, but one message that stands out is: Love is a crazy thing that can control ones mind and makes a person do things without thinking twice.