Is Love as Easy as They Say?: William Shakespeare´s A Midsummer Nights Dream

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Shakespeare’s plays present many messages. They all have similarities. One is the theme of love. Shakespeare talks of young couples falling in love in many of his plays. Love is portrayed as an incredible thing. Everyone wants to fall in love. It is thought up to be truly wonderful and flawless. Many think that this certain connection between two people is perfect. True love is what kids hear about throughout their whole life. Many movies kids watch display this. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and even The Little Mermaid are about true love. The movies are based on these princesses finding their prince charming and falling in love to live happily ever after despite what obstacles they might face along the way. However in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare proves that, “the course of true love never did run smooth” through the lovers getting mixed up due to cupids juice from the flower, Oberon and Titania fighting over the changeling boy, and the performance of Pyramus and Thisbe. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the quote “the course of true love never did run smooth,” is first proved by the lovers getting mixed up because of cupid’s juice from the flower. When Oberon tells Puck to put the juice into the eye of a young Athenian boy who rejects the love of a sweet Athenian lady, Puck sees Lysander and assumes Oberon was speaking of him. Demetrius was obviously the one whom Oberon was speaking of but Puck sees Lysander first. Lysander was sleeping next to Hermia, his true love. He wakes to see Helena, who had been ditched by Demetrius. Lysander, under the spell of cupid’s juice from the flower, is now in love with Helena. When Demetrius lays down for a nap, Puck puts the juice into his eyes as well. Helena is the first one he sees... ... middle of paper ... ...en’t for the feud between their families or the monstrous lioness, these lovers could have been together and lived happily ever after. The lovers getting mixed up due to cupids juice from the flower, Oberon and Titania fighting over the changeling boy, and the performance of Pyramus and Thisbe are all ways that Shakespeare proves the quote, “the course of true love never did run smoothly” throughout his play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He displays the constant problem of others getting in the way of true love. It becomes an obstacle that these true lovers have to overcome. In reality, true love is what it seems to be. People who haven’t experienced true love don’t understand that there is more to it than just blissfulness. When two people are in love, there is going to be situations that the couple has to work through together. It’s part of the whole experience.
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