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Theme Of Love In A Midsummer Night Dream

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“How Shakespeare Used Multiple Literary Strategies to introduce the complex sides of love” “Ay me! For aught that I could ever read, Could ever hear by tale or history, The course of true love never did run smooth; But either it was different in blood”( I.I.134-137). In the play, A “Midsummer’s Night Dream” author William Shakespeare outlines the theme, which is love. Shakespeare does this in using a comedic and innocuous tone to introduce love as a complex and sometimes problematic. Shakespeare does this by using four Literary Techniques: Symbolism, Setting, Imagery, and Allegory. In each act, Shakespeare presents one of all of these elements in the following ways: Love’s difficulty, Magic, and Dreams. In Act 1 Scene 1, Shakespeare uses…show more content…
This theme begins with Theseus and Hippolyta, appearing in daylight and using the contrast of daylight and the moon to talk about their nuptials. “Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour Draws on apace. Four happy days bring in another moon. But oh, methinks how slow This old moon wanes! She lingers my desires, Like to a step dame or a dowager Long withering out a young man’s revenue. Four days will quickly steep themselves in night. Four nights will quickly dream away the time. And then the moon, like to a silver bow New bent in heaven, shall behold the night Of our solemnities”(l.l.1-10). This is introduces the “moon” as symbolism and imagery, relating the moon to chastity and desire. In modern times the moon was referred to as Artemis, the “ancient virgin goddess” during Midsummers night and Mayday. Theseus is claiming the love or “desire” he craves for his beloved Hippolyta, while Hippoylta is saying that the day will turn into night, then turn into his dreams which will pass the time to their wedding. The moon is also used in a symbolic way after four other main characters are introduced: Demetrius, Lysander, Hermia, and Helena. Egeus, Hermia’s father believes that Demetrius is the fairest suitor for Hermia and they should be wed by…show more content…
We also find out that Helena and Lysander have been married, along with Theseus and Hippolyta and Helena and Demetrius. The play ends with the play within play, with the craftsman, who are bumbling actors. This is Shakespeare use of symbolism as the story itself involves powerful emotional that is presented as a comedic side by the end of the performance. Shakespeare uses three main forms of literature to present an overall comedic twist on the tale of four lover’s tragedy becoming a happy ending. This play relates to many individuals today, as it symbolic message can be used in today’s
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