Essay about A Midsummer Night 's Dream By William Shakespeare

1419 Words Mar 16th, 2016 6 Pages
Love stories can end tragically or happily, be mocked or be celebrated, and be laughed at or loved by many. The story of Pyramus and Thisby in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, is a tragic love story and told as if Shakespeare knew it himself. The love story is presented in a way that makes the audience laugh at them, which shows how love can be mocked but also celebrated. In A Midsummer Night 's Dream, by William Shakespeare, the couples, Hippolyta and Theseus, Hermia and Lysander, and Helena and Demetrius, are both mocked and celebrated for their love. Hippolyta and Theseus are the more mature couple, who is on the brink of marriage, in this story. Theseus had conquered Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons, in a war and had fallen in love with her by doing this. As they are talking about their love for each other in Act I, Theseus says, “Hippolyta, I wooed thee with my sword, / And won they love doing thee injuries” (1.1.16-17). This shows that their love is not real or being mocked, because Theseus had won her like a trophy, not for true love. Unlike the young lovers, Demetrius and Helena and Lysander and Hermia, Theseus seems to fight for Hippolyta’s love. She seems to accept the fact that she’s going to marry him, but never professes her love for him. When Hippolyta says, “Four days will quickly steep themselves in night, / four nights will quickly dream away the time”, she seems to be pushing him away by not giving him what he is so impatient for…

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