Essay about A Midsummer Night 's Dream

796 Words Apr 20th, 2016 4 Pages
Shakespeare’s play a Midsummer Night’s Dream takes place in Athens. A woman named Hermia and a man named Lysander want to be married, but the girl’s father refuses and wants Hermia to marry the suitor he chose who was Demetrius. Lysander and Hermia then decide to run away to the woods that surround Athens, where they escape and get married. Along the way there are difficulties in their story. A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s theme is Love, but then it is not love, but the difficulty of love. These two themes can be shown through the example of true love between Hermia and Lysander, the love between Demetrius and Hermia, and the hardships that Hermia and Lysander faced to finally end up together.
The theme of love can be found in the true love between Hermia and Lysander. In the beginning of the play Hermia’s father wants her to marry Demetrius, but she is in love with Lysander. Egeus, Hermia’s father, goes to the leader of Athens to make her marry his choice. After this, Hermia and Lysander plan to run away together. Lysander says, “There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee,/ And to that place the sharp Athenian law/ Cannot pursue us. If thou lovest me, then,/ Steal forth thy father’s house tomorrow night…. There will I stay for thee” (I.i.161-168). Hermia then responds, “I swear to thee, by Cupid’s strongest bow,/ by his best arrow with the golden head...by which knitteth souls and prospers loves...by all the vows that ever men have broke,/ In number more than ever women spoke,/…

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