A Comparison of Romantic Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night
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Romantic Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night
In all of Shakespeare's plays, there is a definitive style present, a style he perfected. From his very first play (The Comedy of Errors) to his very last (The Tempest), he uses unique symbolism and descriptive poetry to express and explain the actions and events he writes about. Twelfth Night, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream are all tragicomedies that epitomise the best use of the themes and ideology that Shakespeare puts forth.
Naturally, one of the most reoccurring themes in Shakespeare is romantic love. It is perhaps not a coincidence that he put so much emphasis on this elusive and enigmatic emotion. In the Elizabethan age when he…show more content…
Shakespeare often writes about fantasy worlds and events, but they are all based on basic human beings and their daily lives. His love for social sciences is clear when one consider's the many plays he wrote based on people in the Greek and Roman Empires(Julius Caesar); also his many other plays written based on actual people (King Lear).
In The Tempest, there are very few references to love, but the one that IS present is very hopeful and positive. Ferdinand and Miranda's love for one another is so innocent and pure. The fact that they are members of the noble class adds to the feeling that there is perhaps hope for the future of the families.
Family and friendly love are also present, although more as a subplot emotion. Viola and Sebastian, as well as Olivia and her late brother in Twelfth Night; Miranda and Prospero in The Tempest. Obviously there is much less emphasis on this type of love in this selection of Shakespearean plays.
One of the most innovative and unique traits of Shakespeare's plays are his characterisations. While the characters often represent simple things (Bottom is an "ass"; Miranda is pure; Viola represents duality of love), their actual personalities are very complex. Caliban, who represents