William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream In the following essay I am aiming to show how Lysander's claim that 'the course of true love never did run smooth' is supported by other events in the play. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was written by William Shakespeare. No one knows the exact date it was written but we know it was between 1589 and 1595. He combines romance with comedy to produce this popular story. When he was writing the play superstition about nature and spirits played an important part in people's lives, therefore Shakespeare included these ideas in his play. It was believed that fairies lived in a kingdom of their own and came into people's houses where they then interfered with the household. The fairies play a major part in the play where we see a particular character trying to help out the couples, but end up making the situation worse. The play is about love and relationships. The different couples never seem to encounter love running smoothly and are or have gone through problems when in love. Shakespeare shows us what love can make you do but at the end we have a traditional 'fairy tale' ending where the audience eventually see the couples re-united and harmony restored. Love is the main theme and is portrayed by Shakespeare as a kind of 'madness'. Nowadays love is classed as a good thing, but in the play 'love and reason keep little company together'. The themes and events are very contemporary and this is what keeps the play popular today. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" opens with two romantic conflicts. The first part of the scene features the two characters Theseus and Hippolyta. Th... ... middle of paper ... ...ies and involves them in the play. I hope to have shown how Lysander's claim that 'true love never did run smooth' is supported by other events and I think it is clear that love can make people do many irrational things when it doesn't run smoothly. Theseus and Hippolyta show us that love can run smoothly in the end but each relationship has its problem. Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena all reflect the idea of love not running smoothly and show what being in love can make you do. The play remains popular today due to the contemporary relevance of so many of the themes which Shakespeare included and he presents the idea that love is unpredictable and can cause great confusion. Love is something that cannot be explained but only experienced and Shakespeare leaves us to develop our own idea of what love really is.
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