A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare Essay

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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

"The Course Of True Love Never Did Run Smooth…"

Explain how Shakespeare demonstrates this concept of love in the play.

Shakespeare often used his plays to explore different feelings and emotions. He has

written tragic plays, humorous plays and romances. Shakespeare often uses love

as a theme within his plays, this is shown in plays such as "Romeo and Juliet", "Much

Ado About Nothing", "Twelfth Night", and "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

He uses love repeatedly throughout his plays, as it is a universal feeling to which all can relate. People on every social level find his plays relevant and can often form an empathetic relationship
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The first scene of Act One shows Theseus, the Duke of Athens, with Egeus, a member of a noble, high status Athenian family. They are discussing Egeus' daughter, Hermia' wedding but completely dismiss Hermia's right to make her own choice or express her own feelings. If she has no say or decisions about the relationship from the outset then obviously this "course of true love" cannot be smooth.

Love for the Members of the Court comes across as far less emotional and in a sense more complicated. One was far more likely to marry as a social alliance and convenience than to marry because one was emotionally attached to ones partner. This is reflected in the less emotional language that the Court uses which helps to give the audience an idea of their characters. Shakespeare expresses their words in a formal and controlled way, " Stir up the Athenian youth to merriments, awake the pert and nimble spirit of mirth, Turn melancholy forth to funerals; The pale companion is not for our pomp".

They mainly speak in blank verse. However there is usually a strong rhythm which demonstrates the control of the characters, which is very suited to them.

We can tell from Theseus' relationship with his wife to be Hippolyta that their marital ideas are far from the traditional conventions of romance.

"Hippolyta, I
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