Fairies, mortals, magic, love, and hate all intertwine to make A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare a very enchanting tale, that takes the reader on a truly dream-like adventure. The action takes place in Athens, Greece in ancient times, but has the atmosphere of a land of fantasy and illusion which could be anywhere. The mischievousness and the emotions exhibited by characters in the play, along with their attempts to double-cross destiny, not only make the tale entertaining, but also help solidify one of the play’s major themes; that true love and it’s cleverly disguised counterparts can drive beings to do seemingly irrational things. In the first part of the play Egeus has asked the Duke of Athens, Theseus, to rule in favor of his parental rights to have his daughter Hermia marry the suitor he has chosen, Demetrius, or for her to be punished. Lysander, who is desperately in love with Hermia, pleads with Egeus and Theseus for the maiden’s hand, but Theseus’, who obviously believes that women do not have a choice in the matter of their own marriage, sides with Egeus, and tells Hermia she must either consent to marrying Demetrius, be killed, or enter a nunnery. In order to escape from the tragic dilemma facing Hermia, Lysander devises a plan for him and his love to meet the next evening and run-off to Lysander’s aunt’s home and be wed, and Hermia agrees to the plan. It is at this point in the story that the plot becomes intriguing, as the reader becomes somewhat emotionally “attached’’ to the young lovers and sympathetic of their plight. However, when the couple enters the forest, en route to Lysander’s aunt’s, it is other mischievous characters that take the story into a whole new realm of humorous entertainment... ... middle of paper ... ... pen Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name... Such tricks hath strong imagination, That if it would but apprehend some joy, It comprehends some bringer of that joy; Or in the night, imagining some fear, How easy is a bush supposed a bear!” Love, lust and infatuation all beguile the senses of the characters in this dreamy and whimsical work of Shakespeare, and leads them to act in outlandish ways, which throughly amuses the reader. True love does prevail in the end for Hermia and Lysander, and the initial charm of infatuation ends up proving to have happy consequence for Helena and Demetrius as well. Even when at first the reader thinks that, in theory, the effects the potion will wear off and Lysander will once again reject Helena, Oberon places a blessings on all the couples that they should live happily ever after.
William Shakespeare, an illustrious and eminent playwright from the Elizabethan Age (16th Century) and part owner of the Globe theatre wrote A Midsummer Night’s Dream in which he portrays the theme of love in many different ways. These include the paternal love seen in the troubled times for Egeus and his rebellious daughter Hermia, true Love displayed with the valiant acts of Lysander and Hermia and the destructive love present in the agonizing acts of Titania towards her desperate lover Oberon. Through the highs and lows of love, the first love we clasp is the paternal love from our family.
William Shakespeare has a habit of creating complicated plots, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream is no exception. Three distinct worlds are presented within the play, and the story’s theme is most prevalent when they collide or mirror one another. Shakespeare’s allusions very intentionally cast light on these themes as he uses them to develop characters, settings, and comedy. The point of that development is the effective delivery of the theme that love renders us equals.
Shakespeare’s literature exemplifies creativeness and powerful word use to create bodies of work with strong attributes that grab the reader’s attention. Midsummer’s night dream is an example of some of Shakespeare’s best work. The thesis of this essay is Hermia’s father, Esues wants his daughter to marry someone that he approves of and more importantly he wants someone for her that is respected by the rest of society to admire. This play has love, drama and characters that follow their hearts. Hermia is told she is not allowed to love or marry Lysander by her father. Her father Esues wants her to marry Demetrius. The setting of the play is taken in Athens. Athens is a place of order and royalty and a place where people are supposed to marry
Is love controlled by human beings who love one another or is love controlled by a higher power? There are many people who believe that a higher power has control over love. An example of a higher power would be a cupid, a flying angel-type creature who is supposed to shoot arrows at people to make them fall in love. There are other people who reject the idea that a higher power controls love and that the people who experience love can control it. In the novel, "A Midsummer Night's Dream", by William Shakespeare, several examples of love's association with a higher power are presented. With the use of examples from the above novel, this essay will discuss the evidence that love is associated with a higher power. Examples like: Thesius arranging a marriage between himself and Hippolyta, Egeus choosing who Hermia should marry and the fairies who have the ability to control love in the Enchanted Forest.
Love and tragedy have a common place in most of Shakespeare's plays but would one expect fairies and love potions? A midsummer night’s dream has just that. The play centers around three Athenian couples that are currently having problems. At the beginning of the play, Lysander says that, “the course of true love never did run smooth.” This acts as a theme for the entire play. This is especially true for one of the Athenian couples, Helena and Demetrius. The theme proves itself at three certain points during the play at the beginning middle and end of the play.
In William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” two worlds are contrasted throughout the play. The Athenian state is governed by order, law, and reason; the forest or Fairy world lies within the realm of the imagination where anything is possible. While both worlds run parallel in the play, their inhabitants are influenced by one another. Their rulers, Theseus and Oberon, play critical roles in the events of the story. Theseus acts compassionately with a sense of duty, order and respect; his initial rulings for Hermia provide the exposition for the comedy (May 75). Oberon acts compassionately as well, but acts on a whim and resorts to trickery if it suits his desires; his actions direct the complication in the plot (May 75). Their personalities are characterized by how they attempt to help the young lovers, how and why they make decisions and how they interact with their loved ones and subjects. The rulers’ similarities govern the reasons behind their actions; their differences contribute to the success of the story.
The play A Midsummer Night's Dream is centered around themes that are seemingly apparent and clear: those of true love, false love, love's blindness and the inconstancy of love. However, this pattern of the themes of love dissipate to reveal that these themes are only apparent to the reader who wants them to exist. We want Lysander and Hermia to be in love; we want Demetrius to love Helena as she loves him, but the question arises as to whether these lovers are actually in love. Is Shakespeare providing us with a wholesome tale of true love or is he conveying something more raw, more provocative than that? When taking a closer look at this play, one sees a recurring pattern and another common theme - that of lust and sexuality. The love theme in this play is but an illusion, the reality is that this play is centered around sex and desire.
In conclusion, the relationship between Bottom and Titania, the application of the love potion, and the relationship between Hermia, Egeus, and Lysander all convey Shakespeare’s message that love is illogical very well, due to the introduction of magic, the head of a donkey, and the wish to die before loving another man, into the mix. It is conveyed very convincingly, as the foolishness of the whole situation is combined with a bitter sense of humor.
The nature of love in William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream is brought to the forefront in a humorous yet sadistic light. The forest serves as an illuminating backdrop where the flaws of love emerge that would otherwise be glossed over in rigid Athenian society. Although the interference caused by Oberon and Puck’s meddling causes comical scenes of Titania falling in love with an ass-headed Bottom and entertaining exchanges between the drugged lovers, the volatility of love induced by love-in-idleness brings to question its authenticity. True love in this comedy play is demonstrated through selfless, reciprocated actions while artificial love is fickle and often unbalanced resulting in emotional extremes. Hermia and Lysander
A main portion of Shakespeare’s play takes place in a magical Forrest. Although is seems a bit far fetched, true magic arises from it's deepest parts. The Fairy King, Oberon, alters love, the strongest kind of magic. With his mischievous doings, Lys...
Humans wish to be loved by each other and to feel love and attraction from a significant other. In William Shakespeare’s plays, primarily A Midsummer Night’s Dream, love is one of the major themes. Due to the theme of love in the plays, most literary elements such as metaphor are also centered around love. In Act 1, Scene 1, lines 76-78, Theseus says to Hermia, “But earthlier happy is the rose distill'd Than that which, withering on the virgin thorn, Grows, lives, and dies, in single blessedness” (Shakespeare 1269). Through this metaphor, Theseus recognizes Hermia’s purity by his description of the distilled, or pure, rose. Theseus expresses to Hermia that he believes she should marry Demetrius. If she does this, then she would not have to either be executed or become a nun. Hermia’s father also believes that she should marry Demetrius, yet she is in love with Lysander. By disobeying her father, Hermia would be subjected to the consequences of execution or joining the sisterhood of the nuns. Theseus uses the metaphor of the virgin thorn to portray what Hermia’s life could look like due to her choices. If Hermia were to choose to not marry Demetrius, she would live a life of bleak and uneventfulness as a nun or die a meaningless life. Still, Theseus gives her the advice to choose between being happy or to live on in sorrow and unhappiness. In Act 1, Scene 1, lines 128-131, Lysander says to Hermia, “How now my love? Why is
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the main conflict is between love and social relations. The play revolves around the magical power of love which transforms many lives. As a result of this, it gets the reader’s emotionally involved through ways of reminding us of love’s foolishness and capabilities, as well as violence often followed alongside of lust. This play shows passion’s conflict with reason. For example, the father presented in the play Egeus, represents tradition and reason while Hermia represents passion for love and freedom. Egeus wants Hermia to marry Demetrius and accuses Lysander of “bewitching” Hermia with love charms and songs. This is one way love’s difficulties are presented in the play between father and daughter. Additionally, Helena recognizes love’s difficulties when Demetrius falls in love with her best friend Hermia. 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.
In the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream composed by William Shakespeare, Nick Bottom the weaver once said, “reasons and love / Keep little company together nowadays” (3.1.131-32). He implies that love and logic do not go along side by side. This concept is explored through the play in several different scenes. Love is thought by many people as a positive characteristic, something that amends two individuals’ relationship. Nevertheless, love could not be more ridiculous when it contradicts its very virtue. Shakespeare portrays this folly of love through the contradiction of how love is both the origin of calmness and joy, but also the deep disturbance among the characters which is displayed through Lysander, Oberon, and the lovers in the comedy.
In A Midsummer Nights’ Dream by William Shakespeare, the bonds of love are overpowered by interference, illustrating that true love is not invincible. Genuine and everlasting love appears as the goal in the play, but the only relationships present don’t ever attain it. This highlights the inability for any of the characters to have “in-conquerable” love. Manufactured love unseated the relationships of the many lovers, causing distress and eventually ending the relationships. At the beginning of the play, Lysander and Hermia were deeply in love with one another. After Bottom’s spell was cast, however, Lysander began to love another, Helena. His artificial love overpowers that of former Hermia’s,
Love is difficult, although A Midsummer’s Night Dream has many different individual stories, a majority of them play a role on how love is difficult and troublesome. Love is a cause of many actions, some of which are really idiotic. An example of this is how Helena and Hermia, two best friends, fought over a man they liked. Hermia loves Lysander, Lysander loves Helena, Helena loves Demetrius, and Demetrius loves Hermia, thus causing both Lysander and Demetrius to love Hermia. All this was caused by a spell put on them by Puck, which made them fall in love with the first person they laid their eyes on once awake. Love caused Hermia and Helena to forget their friendship briefly and argue over men. All this caused each Lysander, Hermia, Helena,