The Theme of Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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The Theme of Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare presents us with multiple types of love by using numerous couples in various different situations. For example: Doting loves, the love induced by Oberon's potion and in some aspects, Lysander and Hermia's love for each other; there are true loves: Oberon and Titania, Lysander and Hermia (for the first half at least, as Lysander's love switches to Helena temporarily) and Theseus and Hippolyta. Also, there is Helena's love for Demetrius, which could be described as a true love, even though at first it is unrequited. Also, an important factor is the notion of love and reason; in Athens,…show more content…
This type of love is most definitely a doting love, as is Bottom's simple infatuation, which lets him see reason, as he is not in love.

In the case of Hermia and Lysander, "The course of true love never did run smooth". At the beginning their love was a thing of envy for Helena, but after Puck's mistake in making Lysander fall in love with Hermia; their love becomes unrequited in Hermia's case and hatred in Lysander's. This unfortunate turn of events leaves Hermia in Helena's previous position and Helena in Hermia's. This leads Oberon to take matters into his own hands. Where Puck was taking the place of Cupid, casting love relatively blindly and stupidly about the forest, as"...love [is] said to be a child because in choice he is so oft beguil'd" Oberon, therefore, takes the place of reason in the unreasonable realm of love.

True love in A Midsummer Night's Dream is in 3 forms. Theseus and Hippolyta, Oberon and Titania and Hermia and Lysander. The most long lasting love is Oberon and Titania's. You would expect Oberon and Titania to be the most stable relationship, although this is not the case, as Oberon's desire to own the Indian boy outweighs his desire to make Titania remain absolutely faithful to him. This is a perfect example of true love not running smoothly, although at the end, Oberon declares that he and Titania are "...new in
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