Theme Of Love In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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An Analysis of Love in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Love within the modern society has taken on a flippant meaning, depending on the phraseology used around the context of the word. Love is used interchangeably with the idea that “I love apple pie” to “I love this new car” to the point in which the term love is devalued within our society. How can one say they love their spouse or children and not devalue the true meaning of this intent, when they claim to love apple pie as well? Within the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a careful evaluation of the various love within the play will reveal the difference in the types of love one might feel to describe various situations and relationships. In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, love
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Titania wakes from a sleep to fall in love with Bottom, who has the head of an ass, while Lysander awakes to find himself in love with Helena, who he has shown no interest prior to the application of the love juice (Bevington, 2014, p. 55). This love juice application is the ultimate form of forced love, in which there is manipulation of the mind to induce the love, rather than a change in the heart to create a true love. A true love creates a romantic love in which two people feel the love between them, and this leads into the second form of love depicted by Shakespeare, the love described as Eros love, is the love between Lysander and Hermia. Eros love is a love that cannot be obtained between siblings or friends, but only attainable within a form of erotic and sexual love, as found between two lovers, such as husband and wife (Moseley, n.d.). The love between the two of these characters is a real love that does not require a “love potion” to create the love. Hermia displays this love well with her statement “I would rather my father looked but with my eyes”, where she indicates the love she has for Lysander, can only be seen through the lens of her eyes (Bevington, 2014, p. 47). This love comes from the truest sense of the word where they each have a desire for the other, from a love that requires no outside influence or assistance, but is created in the heart of each of the lovers. Parental
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