Shakespeare's Presentation of Love in a Midsummer Nights Dream

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Shakespeare's Presentation of Love in a Midsummer Nights Dream

A midsummer nights dream was originally supposed to have been

performed at a wedding. Therefore the theme of love would have been a

suitable theme for the play. In this play, as in many of Shakespeare's

plays the main theme is love. Shakespeare presents many different

aspects of love in the play. He shows how love can affect your vision

of reality and make you behave in irrational ways. He presents many

ways in which your behavior is affected by the different types and

aspects of love. The main types of love he presents are; true love,

fake love, unrequited love, young and irrational love and platonic

love. Shakespeare tries to show what kinds of trouble, problems and

confusion, love can get you into.

The different interpretations of love are aimed at showing what being

in love could lead to. When you think that you are in love and not

really, how easily emotions can be confused and changed. For example,

Demetrius's love for Hermia is fake and easily changed in one night to

Helena. Hermia and Helena share a platonic love between them; but

Lysander, turning to loving Helena by a drop in his eyes, disrupts it.

Helena and Hermia fight and feel betrayed by each other because of

Lysander talking about loving Helena. Helena thinks that Hermia,

Lysander and Demetrius are playing a practical joke on her. Lysander

and Hermia share young, but true love. The both act irrationally. When

Hermia's parents refuse to allow her to not marry Demetrius she and

Lysander decide to run away together and then get married. Just just a

drop in Lysander's eye disrupts their love easily. They are ...

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...lay was written for a wedding but was not performed for

that purpose. This could be because of the ideas he shows that could

have gone wrong and how it could be false even if you think its true.

Shakespeare also makes a point of how quickly situations where you

think you are in love, or where here you are good friends, can changes

around and prove otherwise. It would for the reasons that he shows how

complicated and how false love can be, be an inappropriate theme for

the play to be performed at a weeding. He could of upset the couple

with his imagery and references to what trouble love can lead to.

Shakespeare shows how he feels about love. The play demonstrates his

perception of love by using imagery and language. He presents love as

being irrational, blinding and obsessive. He shows that it can be very

misleading.
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