A Midsummer Night's Dream Essay

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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Essay

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, is generally thought of as a comical romance. A very important factor that makes the whole play a comedy, is magic, which is used to affect the lives of four Athenians: Hermia, Lysander, Helena and Demetrius. Bottom, also a simple human, falls victim of the fairies’ mischievous magic. The magic reaches these characters by Puck, a naughty fairy, and Oberon, the king of fairies. Puck decides to cast a spell on Bottom, making him grow a donkey head, and Oberon decides to cast a spell on Titania, making her fall in love with Bottom. From a simple mistaken spell, a rollercoaster of emotions, conflicts and laughter emerge. Magic is
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227-228). "Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair? Or rather do I not in plainest truth Tell you I do not, nor I cannot love you?" (2-1 ll. 199-201) Demetrius clearly illustrates to Helena that he has no interest, but Helena persists. Helena says, "And even for that do I love you the more. I am your spaniel and, Demetrius, the more you beat me, I will fawn on you." (2-1 ll. 202-204). "Your virtue is my privilege. For that It is not night when I do see your face, Therefore I think I am not in the night;" (2-1 ll. 220-222). This proves that Helena is a fool because Demetrius doesn’t love her, but she still continues in her pursue of love with him. After he potion gets put on his eyes, it starts having an immense effect on his behavior and perspective towards Helena, so much that he actually starts telling her how much he loves her, how beautiful she is and that he needs her. Helena responds to this behavior badly by crying and scolding him because she has always been made fun of by Demetrius, and now she thinks that he is teasing her even more by telling her that he truly loves her and needs her. Helena thinks that Demetrius does all this so that she gets very angry at him and stops loving him. At this point in the play the sweet, pathetic Helena has no residue of love left in her heart to love Demetrius. Writing about forced love, there is also another target that gets given a funny donkey head,
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