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William Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream

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The role of love is introduced as a dominant theme in many of Shakespeare’s plays, but specifically in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Throughout the play, Shakespeare mocks the nature of love as he shows his main characters’ - Helena, Hermia, Lysander, and Demetrius - struggle through difficult conflicts to ultimately be with the one they love. Although the course of their love did not go accordingly, the audience comes to find that love ultimately conquers all at the end of the play. Love’s definition can generally mean “an intense feeling of deep affection”; this definition of love is just one out of many as Shakespeare suggests that there seems to be various perceptions demonstrated by the actions of his characters. Although the force of…show more content…
In an attempt to discover a way to rationally understand love, the characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream are often unsuccessful. This shows the audience the difficulty within love’s obstacle and demonstrates that even if love seems to be favorably working within two lovers, it can often be difficult in reason. A craftsman by the name of Bottom says to Titania, “And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays” (III, i, 38). Affected by a potion that was made from the juice of a flower, struck with one of Cupid’s arrows, Titania wakes up and immediately falls in love with Bottom, who took the form of an ass. Unaware of his transformation due to Puck’s mischievousness, Bottom is found foolish and arrogant of Titania’s instantaneous love for him. The audience can see Shakespeare’s mockery of love and reason when creating a puzzling romance between two different lovers, especially between an exquisite and graceful fairy queen and a repulsive and grotesque ass. Through this demonstration, Shakespeare seems to suggest, then, that the work of a love potion is a way to show that sexual appeal is valued more over common sense. Moreover, this creates the perception that, through the demonstration of the lives of the characters, we can be effortlessly blinded by the irrelevant traits of a person that will make people potentially “fall in love” rather than their character or persona. To further strengthen this point, a
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