Midsummer Night's Dream Contradictions Analysis

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Some of the Characters Contradicts Themselves A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s dramas that explore how love can change people’s behavior. Love can make people get the best of them and also it can force them to act the worst. Lovers sometimes contradict themselves with different situations. Throughout William Shakespeare ‘s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it is emphasized that love most of the times is illogic, childish and depends mainly upon looks and attractiveness or upon love potion that charm the eyes, but along the way there are certain contradictions in some of his characters’ behavior while expressing their love towards each other.
Dream like quality of love that Shakespeare may believe in is obvious in different
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Theseus described lovers as “Madmen”. Helena was the character that really showed this aspect of love. She always felt ashamed and she always blamed herself for loving Demetrius despite his bad treatment to her and his love towards her friend Hermia. Nevertheless, she is still loyal to their old promises. She cannot find explanations for his abundance as she knows that she is as beautiful as Hermia but she also believes that “Love said to be a child, because in choice he is so oft beguiled.” In her article Discordia Concors on the Order of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jane Brown contrasts Helena and Hermia’s conviction about love when she writes,” Helena insists on the blindness of love.” That is to say, she gives herself the excuses to act that recessively when she believes that her heart is forced to do so and she has to follow it. Same thing with Demetrius, his heart is blind and he is helpless in following it. Accordingly, she deprived herself from dignity and wished that he can use her as his “Spaniel”. Moreover, she humiliated herself more when she pursued him in the woods although she declares that women “Should be wooed, and were not made to woo.” Later on in the next act and after the love potion was dripped in Demetrius eyes, Helena gets so mad when he complimented her as a “Goddess, nymph, perfect, divine!” She protests,” Never did mockers waste more idle breath.” This contradicts her…show more content…
She refuses this marriage proposal in a bold and courageous speech as she declares, “My soal consents not to give sovereignty.” Hermia here is presenting in this play the type of the strong woman who can stand out for her rights in deciding her destiny. Jane Brown, in her article Discordia Concors on the Order of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, agrees when she writes, ”As a nun her love of the divinity would be strictly spiritual.” Moreover, in this drama love was sometimes based on looks, attractiveness and external beauty. Hermia interpreted the sudden change in Lysander’s feelings towards her just because Helena is taller than her and she has fairer skin. In other words, she considers herself less appealing than Helena. This also contradicts her strong personality that some readers admired earlier in the play. In addition, this also contradicts her trust in Lysander himself and his love that gave her the bravery to face her father and Theseus that courageously. My point is not that Hermia stopped trusting Lysander any more, as she accepted to marry him at the end even after his betrayal to their promises when he expressed his love towards her friend Helena. In addition, she “continues to worry about Lysander’s safety even after he has abused and abandoned her.” As explained by
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