William Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream

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William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been categorized as a comedy play because of all the characters being passionately in love to the point of being foolish. It’s a play all about love, and the characters that are in love are only young adults, so they are still naive when it comes to love. Their naivety and foolishness regarding love is what allows them to be taken advantage of by mischievous fairies when they all run away into the woods. By critiquing the love affairs and numerous misunderstandings that occur within the mystical woods, I argue that Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream portrays the characters’ young love as a foolish fantasy with drastic consequences. Youth is defined as a time of one’s life between…show more content…
It is clear that the characters are much too young to understand love’s true consequences, yet this does not distract Lysander from attempting to elope with Hermia, but his quote would eventually come to fruition once they run into the woods. The first act also reveals that Lysander had previously wooed Hermia, and he succeeded in winning her over as she wishes to marry him over Demetrius, the man her father wanted her to marry. Meanwhile, Helena is heartbroken over Demetrius because he is still in ‘love’ with Hermia, despite the fact that she ‘loves’ someone else. An emotionally stable person would view their behaviors as irrational and ridiculous because of how far they are going for the sake of making their ‘love’ survive. It is a known fact that love makes people do crazy things, as according to Helena: “Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is wing 'd Cupid painted blind”(1.1 32-235). This quote along with the love affairs going on between Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius and Helena may be what conveys Shakespeare’s view on romantic love as passionate, irrational and blind. Helena’s quote means that love has the ability to twist a person’s perspective on the object of their affections into something more favorable and beautiful, akin to their own fantasy as love clouds their
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