Portrayal of love in a midsummer nights dream

June 29, 2018 Psychology

Love in A Midsummer Night’s Dream is portrayed as complicated and difficult, yet Shakespeare does it in a way that is humorous and lighthearted. In this play love often brings out the worst in people, yet in the end it’s what brings everyone back together. Love has the ability to spellbind people as Shakespeare represents symbolically through Puck’s actions, and we see how intensely complicated it can be when it nearly tears apart Hermia’s family and causes argument between the four main human characters.

The four types of love, forced love, parental love, romantic love and complicated love permeate all aspects of life in this play and we see the awesome power it has over human emotion, psychology, and behavior. In the beginning of the play we see a forced love between Theseus and Hippolyta the queens of the Amazons. Theseus mentions in act 1 “I wooed thee with my sword, and won thy love doing thee injury”. In Act 5 scene 1, Hippolyta says “My Theseus”, this shows she is willing to marry him.

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We as readers cannot be sure if both of these characters are really in love or marrying because Theseus has won a battle. Throughout the play it seems that His love for Hippolyta had probably grown for her and leading both of them being married, since he understood the four lovers love between Hermia, Helena, Demetrius, and Lysander with one another. This probability made him vulnerable to the effects of love people have for one another. Another type of love Shakespeare shows is parental love between Egeus and Hermia. Egeus seems to appear very commanding and strict.

His character represents that the father has the right of way and the boss. The reason being is even though Hermia is madly in love with Lysander he refuses to let them marry. Egeus prefers Demetrius to marry her, since he believes that he is best suited for her. In my opinion I believe the reason Egeus might not want his daughter to marry Lysander is because he might not know him very well. He probably knows Demetrius better as a character and, since he knows him very well. Maybe in Egeus’s mind he seems to be best suited for her.

Also every father wants the best for their daughter and wants them to be happy. He might believe that Demetrius will bring happiness to her more than Lysander because since he knows him well than Lysander in his eyes he’s the perfect man for her. Even though every father wants their daughter to be happy they should listen to her too rather than making their own decisions. True love is also expressed in this play between Hermia and Lysander’s. Even though Egeus demands his daughter to marry Demetrius but she refuses and runs away with Lysander.

Despite the obstacles the couple had to face, between Hermia’s father refusing Lysander to marry her and Lysander and Demetrius fighting over her because they both love her. Hermia’s and Lysander’s love succeeds in the end this shows true love is strong and cannot be ignored and with determination it prevails. Another love that is classified in the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare is complicated love. In this play four young adults are madly in love with each other but there are an imbalance of the love each one has for each other.

Hermia loves Lysander, Lysander loves Hermia, Helena loves Demetrius, and Demetrius loves Hermia instead of Helena. This is a very complicated love because we have the romantic couple who are madly in love Lysander and Hermia but, yet Helena is madly in love with Demetrius but doesn’t have eyes for her. These love relations between one another become even more complicated between these young people because punk accidently applies the love potion to Lysander’s eyelids which once he awakes see’s Helena and  falls in love with her the same love potion was applied to  Demetrius’s eyelids who also falls in love with Helena once he awakes.

Both of them being in love with Hermia confuses  Helena  and Hermia. Yet towards the end all four young adults get what they wanted. Hermia  is with Lysander and Helena with Demetrius. It seems that Shake spear is trying to show the reader that love could go around in circles and become complicated but yet if one tries you can succeed in love. Shakespeare presents many different kinds of love in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The course of true love never did run smooth,” shows that Love experiences its up and downs. The way I see what he shows us readers is that love is in a way connected to life because life is very unpredictable since no one’s what will happen tomorrow in a way love is the same way it is very unpredictable because you never know where is might end up. Just like in the play who knew  if Hermia and Lysander will end up together nor Helena and Demetrius but yet they did.


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