A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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The play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, by William Shakespeare, demonstrates the difficulties of human love. Throughout the course of this play, all the lovers were confused, whether it be from the love potion provided by Oberon, the fairy king, or whether it be through natural terms, (those not affected by the potion). In this essay, we will be looking at how Lysander had agreed with this implication of human love being difficult, the scene where all the lovers are confused, and lastly, the time when Helena was furiously jealous of Hermia. “The course of true love never did run smooth” (I.i.134), comments Lysander. This was said when Theseus was giving Hermia an option to agree with her father’s choice, face death, or become a nun. This line also articulates the implication of human love—the difficulty. Shakespeare purposefully arranged this quote because he wanted his audience to recognize that love isn't always easy and there are always hardships along the way. This fact is proven by the following lines, Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it, Making it momentary as a sound, Swift as a shadow, short as any dream, Brief as the lightning in the collied night; That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and Earth, And ere a man hath power to say “Behold! The jaws of darkness do devour it up. So quick bright things come to confusion (I.i.141-149). These lines were said by Lysander
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