Weathering the Storms of True Love

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Sitting on a porch swing with one's true love hugging and kissing as the moon smiles down upon them, seems like the perfect situation for true love. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Shakespeare presents the truth about true love in his comical tragedy A Midsummer Night's Dream. Lysander clearly stated loves situation when he told Hermia "the course of true love never did run smooth" (Griffiths 94). "In some ways Lysander's declaration becomes the play's structural and thematic point" by which Shakespeare uses to explore the storms of love (Bloom 12). In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare uses young lovers to depict how "love masters young people" and pushes them to extreme measures (Comtois 20). The…show more content…
Demetrius, though, chose to pursue someone more appealing to his eye, Hermia. Now, Helena "whishes to be literally "translated" into Hermia so as to regain Demetrius' affection" (Young 156). Helena pleads with Demetrius to "use [her] but as your spaniel: spurn me, strike me, / Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave, / Unworthy as I am, to follow you" (Griffiths 130). Shakespeare, no doubt included this to show how pathetic and deperate a person can be, and the things they will do to get love in return. The characteristic Shakespeare gave to Helena is sadly a characteristic in the world today.

Titania states that "these are the forgeries of jealousy" and this becomes another theme of love for Shakespeare to play on (Griffiths 124). Oberon is jealous of the love Titania has for a little Indian boy that she takes care of, and he wants this Indian boy and all of Titania's love (Griffiths 125). In order to get what he wants, Oberon is going to "punish [Titania]" by putting the juice of "Cupid's flower" on her eyelids so that when she wakes up she will fall in love with a hideous creature (Garner 87). Puck turns Bottom into a donkey and he becomes Titania's love, which pleases Oberon. When Oberon reverses the spell and Titania realizes her actions, she subsides to his desires. Oberon successfully "taunts her into obedience" (Garner 87). Shakespear shows that love can cause jealousy, which in turn can cause a person to resort

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