A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream “Lord, what fools these mortals be (Shakespeare, 1546)!” In the beginning of this play, Hermia refuses her fathers demands to marry Demetrius because she loves Lysander. Her disobedience enrages her father so he presents Theseus with his dilemma, which does not work as well as he had hoped (Gianakaris). Hermia is presented with two alternative options, but neither suits her well. She runs off into the woods with Lysander to get married and from this, a chain of events arises. To make matters even more complicated, Puck is sent out to get the juice of a flower that, when poured in eyelids while asleep, makes people fall in love with the first creature they see. Situations arise from this love juice, and the plot thickens. In this play, Shakespeare creates a social commentary through the use of the themes of love, magic, dreams, and art and culture. “The course of true love never did run smooth (Shakespeare, 1516).” In this quote from the play, Lysander perfectly sums up one of the most important themes this play has presented to us, the hardships of love. Although a great deal of conflict arises from the romantic entities this play bestows upon us, it is not precisely a tale of love. It isolates the audience from the characters emotions in order to mock the suffering and ailments love presents to those infatuated in it. The cheerful and carefree tone this play has from the very beginning, makes it easy to enjoy the comedic nature of it without
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