Theme Of Love In Midsummer Night's Dream

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Within Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, love is right in the middle. We know love is real, as we have been raised on it, and see it everywhere. Love is something that we believe to always be true. However, Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare takes that comfort from love, and twists it. We are made uncertain of how love treats us, and if it even really exists. Puck’s purpose is to force the audience to confront their confidence in true love’s existence, despite Puck showing the arbitrary nature of love within the play. What Puck wants to relay to the audience is that all that true love is, is a dream, or an unattainable idea that has been altered by reality. Puck accomplishes this by firstly making “true love” within the play a haphazard, ridiculous mess. An example of this is when he turned Bottom’s head into an ass, followed by Titania falling in love with him. This was caused by Oberon’s pettiness towards Titania and the Indian boy that they both wanted. When Puck…show more content…
He tells the audience to “think but this, and all is mended, / That you have but slumber’d here / While these visions did appear” (V.1 88). Simply put, because the audience can now choose whether to believe the play was a dream or reality, the audience can leave with one of two different interpretations. One person who choses to believe the play a dream, would be against Puck’s idea of love and romance. While Puck posed every lover in the play to be nonsensical, he posed the idea of love to be the same. If one so wishes to believe that the play was a dream, that idea of love would be fake and left up to the dream world, unable to relate it to their lives. However, if you were to accept the reality of what had occurred on stage, you would also accept that love and true love isn’t real and is ridiculous within itself, as witnessed by the multiple couples within the
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