The “Double Vision” Of Love:. Theseus’ And Oberon’S Unwillingness
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The “Double Vision” of Love:
Theseus’ and Oberon’s Unwillingness to Compromise
With its majority of scenes set in a fairy land, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream still feels much more authentic and tangible than many other love stories, such as Romeo and Juliet, because the play greatly exposes the real difficulties of love. Such difficulties come not from external causes, but instead from the dark vision of our own human natures. In real life, the various impediments of love that Lysander and Hermia have mentioned, including “war, death, or sickness,” actually barely exist, but what we do face is the all-thwarting tests given by our own hearts (Shakespeare 1.1.142). To be more specific, in “The Darker Purpose of A Midsummer Night’s…show more content… Hence, this part of conversation is a microcosm of their unhappy and unhealthy mode of relationship. Theseus would arbitrarily express a personal opinion and impose it on Hippolyta, without considering her protests. According to John Cutis, moreover, the episode of Pyramus and Thisbe acts “as a satirical contrast with the Theseus-Hippolyta relationship, as they are both unable to ‘see the need of poetry’” (Cutis 183). A love life without conflicts, or a life without love, might not prove the happiest— this couple solve their discords with Hippolyta’s absolute obedience and Theseus’ lack of love and consideration. This is why they need no compromise.
Next, to contradict with another view of Cutis, who asserts a similarity between the “Theseus-Hippolyta” relationship and the “Oberon-Titania relationship,” I will prove that the extreme meanness of Oberon to Titania is of another kind, in that Oberon is capable of sympathizing with Titania, and in that the meanness of Oberon comes from his overabundant love for Titania (Cutis 183). Under a fairy land setting, “a place of confused