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Representation Of Love In A Midsummer Night Dream

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In A Midsummer’s Night Dream, love is represented in many ways, but the overall representation of love is how fake and sophisticated it is. We can see in the play that love isn’t a conscious choice but a cruel game. The characters perfectly display how sophisticated and powerful love is, yet it is also confusing. Specifically, the relationship between Theseus and Hippolyta has no pure love involved in it. Theseus had to capture the Amazons in order to marry Hippolyta, which means he doesn’t have any real feeling towards Hippolyta. There are many aspects of how this complex or fake or forced love is represented. In the play we can quarrel about the complex and sophisticated element of love, why fake love is the most important representation…show more content…
When we are introduced to Titania and Oberon we are also introduced to a dispute they are having. "Give me that boy, and I will go with thee," but Titania refuses and leaves (2.1.128). Titania confers the problems going on in the forest, but Oberon is only interested in the changeling boy. Oberon’s selfishness cause his love for Titania a problem. Towards the end when he finally gains possession of the boy Oberon states, "And now I have the boy, I will undo/ This hateful imperfection of her eyes: (4.1.46) Therefore, he loves Titania only because he has gotten possession of the boy and that is not a sign of easy going love but only selfishness. Hence, these three instances, state how eminently complex and sophisticated love is in the play.
We see a lot of examples of fake or forced love throughout the play that make fake love an assertive representation of love throughout the book. Firstly, Hermia’s father Egeus is forcing her to marry Demetrius, while she wants to marry Lysander. “You can endure the livery of a nun, for aye to be in shady cloister mewed, to live a barren sister all your life.” (1.1.70-73) Theseus gave her three options to die, marry Demetrius, or become a widow. She refuses and runs away with Lysander to his aunt’s house. In this example, we can see Hermia is forced to love someone she does not. Another example of forced love can be seen when Oberon enchants Demetrius after seeing him be abhorrent towards Helena. So, since
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