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Love In A Midsummer Nights Dream

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Love In A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an interesting story involving dreams, nature, and love. Within the play there are examples of structured, foolish, and changeable love. Shakespeare uses the theme of love by showing the difficult sides of what love really is. In A Midsummer's Night's Dream, William Shakespeare shows the strength and unpredictability of the power of love through the choices made by the characters in the play.
Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, Queen of Amazon, are the first example of love shown in A Midsummer Night’s dream. Their love is one that is forced, but a strong example of an understanding and traditional ...view middle of the document...

1. 136). Lysander is saying that even true love, such as his and Hermia’s, even has difficult obstacles to go through. Shakespeare used that line to show that love will not be an easy thing to handle, especially with Hermia and Lysander.
Two others involved in the fickleness of love are Helena, a close friend of Hermia’s, and Demetrius. Helena and Demetrius were once engaged, and even though their engagement was broken long ago Helena still loves Demetrius, and hopes he will reciprocate her feelings. When Helena is informed of Hermia’s plans to run off, she uses this information to get attention from the one whom she is still in love with. Helena says. “I will go tell him of fair Hermia’s flight. Then to the wood will he tomorrow night Pursue her. And for this intelligence if I have thanks, it is a dear expense. but herein mean I to enrich my pain, to have his sight thither and back again.” (Shakespeare 1.1.245-251). In this quote from A Midsummer Night’s Dream it shows Helena’s desperation and desire for Demetrius, and how she would betray her friend’s trust just to get his attention. Love's fickleness is shown through Helena and her desperation to get back Demetrius.
The last couple who is an example of love in A Midsummer Night’s Dream is introduced during Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, and Helena’s travels in the woods; Titania, queen of the fairies and Oberon, king of the fairies. They are troubled lovers who are fighting over Oberon’s want for her changeling, a child who is exchanged by fairies for another, and Titania’s refusal to give him up. Oberon, with the help of Puck, a fairy, devises a plan to steal it from Titania by using a magical potion. Oberon explains how the potion would work by saying, “The juice of it on sleeping eye-lids laid will make or man or woman madly dote upon the next live creature that it sees” (2.1.8) explaining that a drop on a sleeping persons’ eyes will cause them to fall in love with the first person they see when they wake up. In the relationship between Titania and Oberon, power, lust, and greed are the external forces that have affected their love. They both decide to follow their own desires instead of attempting to overcome the problems they have with each other.
In the woods is where love is where the difficulty and predictableness of love is really revealed. While Oberon is getting the potion Puck sees Helena’s desire for Demetrius and decides to include them in his plan to fool with love. The potion is put on Titania, Lysander, and Demetrius. This makes both Demetrius and Lysander fall in love with Helena. Meanwhile; Titania, under the influence of the love potion, falls in love with Bottom, a character that...

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