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What Is True Love In A Midsummer Night's Dream Essay

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This essay talks about how the young lovers in Midsummers Night’s Dream are the same people. In the play, there are 4 characters and they are under the group of young lovers. Helena and Hermia are both friends. Helena loves Demetrius and Hermia loves Lysander. Lysander and Demetrius both compete for Hermia’s love in the start of the story, but as the plot continues, they both compete for Helena’s love. Lysander ends up marrying Hermia and Demetrius ends up marrying Helena. In Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare made all of the young lovers indistinguishable. Helena claims that she and Helena are the same people. “How happy some o’er other some can be! Through Athens, I am thought as fair as she. But what of that? Demetrius thinks not so;,”(I.i.231-233). In this quote, Helena talks about how she and Hermia are the same in all of the eyes of Athens but Demetrius still loves Hermia over her. This shows that they are the same people because they are thought of as the same throughout Athens. Helena and Hermia’s characteristics are the same. Theseus tells Hermia to marry Demetrius to marry because her father says so. “Demetrius is a worthy gentleman. So is Lysander. In himself he is; but in this kind,…show more content…
Critics might say that Lysander is more loving than Demetrius who is more manipulative and rude (to Helena). This remains true in the beginning of the story, but as the story continues we see that Lysander also can be rude. “Content with Hermia! No: I do repent the tedious minutes I with her have spent. Not Hermia but Helena I love: Who will not change a raven for a dove?,”(II.ii.113-116). Demetrius also said similar things. “Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit; For I am sick when I do look on thee,”(II.i.215-216). They both can be rude or loving at certain times proving they are indistinguishable. Lysander and Demetrius both act in the same
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