A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

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Being that A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a Shakespearian comedy where passion is a significant theme. It is perceived in a variety of ways such as passion for revenge, recognition, and for love, which have the potential to blur the lines between the levels of social hierarchy. Shakespeare uses a variety of characters such as Helena, Nick Bottom, and Oberon to express the theme of passion and its significance in the play. Helena represents the passion for love in this text, as she runs after Demetrius into a forest seeking love between them, even after Demetrius has told her to stay away. This passion for love is significant to the play, because this play is displaying how love triumphs the social hierarchy, even though magic is a deciding…show more content…
And I do not doubt but to hear them say, it is a sweet comedy. No more words. Away! Go, away” (IV.ii.38-41)! The theater is certainly magic, as it's a place where anyone, even fools like Bottom, can traverse and accomplish in all the other areas of the world. Oberon possesses a passion for revenge. His hunger for retribution causes him to inflict a love potion on his wife, Titania. “Thou shalt not from this grove till I torment thee for this injury” (II.i.146-147). Not to make Titania fall in love with him, instead to make her fall in love with an animal to humiliate her and ruin her reputation as queen of all fairies. “When thou wakest, it is thy dear. Wake when some vile thing is near” (II.ii.33-34). This passion is the result of Titania devoting her attention to the little Indian boy instead of Oberon. “Why should Titania cross her Oberon? Do but beg a little changeling boy to be my henchman” (II.i.119-121). This passion of revenge is full of animosity and hatred as Oberon also wants this foster child to be servant of Oberon where the boy shall be forced to fight for Oberon and train as a knight where he will receive no love or be treated any different than other slaves of Oberon. Oberon’s rage is also an example of hypocrisy as Oberon
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