A Midsummer Night 's Dream

911 Words Apr 13th, 2015 4 Pages
Pranti Ahmed
Blue 4 Brit Lit
April 8 2015 A Midsummer Nights Dream Topic #1

Love is a timeless topic which Shakespeare explores in depth in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream “. Shakespeare utilizes the format of a play within a play to communicate the complexities of love. Love is a force that characters cannot control. The play includes scenes of lovers searching for fulfillment in the arms of characters who are unavailable. The magic love potion wreaks havoc between actual lovers and it is clear just how negatively it is portrayed. The entire play revolves around the difficulties of maintaining love and how foolish and insecure the pursuit of love can make us. It also touches on the fickleness of love, that love can be manipulated over a short period of time. Shakespeare shows us how capricious lovers can be mainly through four of his characters: Hermia, Lysander, Helena, and Demetrius. One of the many pairs of lovers in the play are Helena and Demetrius. Helena’s love for Demetrius shows us how insecure unrequited love can make us. When Demetrius falls out of love with Helena it causes her a great deal of distress. She makes a fool out of herself in front of all of Athens always wanting to pursue a relationship with someone who no longer wants her. Her unreciprocated love creates insecurities and self doubt. She can’t seem to understand why Demetrius prefers Hermia over her because she deems herself just as beautiful. “How happy some o’er other…

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