A Midsummer Night's Dream Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… I believe the characters partake in excessive use of conflict, as they are both similar, which has been done purely to amuse the audience. In the beginning of the play, there is nothing short of obvious attraction between Beatrice and Benedick but is hidden by ironic remarks such as “I wonder that you will still be talking, Signior Benedick: nobody marks you”, interrupting Benedick which is ironic in the sense as she was obviously listening to the conversation in order for her to say that. As Beatrice begins this “merry war” we are left feeling a sense of pathos towards Benedick, as this remark was unprovoked. Shakespeare was able to intertwine the plot of the “merry way” by tricking both of these characters into believing that they are both in love with each other. Shakespeare also uses this convention in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ where the character of Puck, incorrectly used a love potion, leading to both Demetrius and Lysander being in love with Helena. This mistake from Puck opposed the original love relations between Lysander, Demetrius and Hermia. The purpose of Shakespeare extensively using the theme of conflict between characters throughout the play and the convention of intertwining plots, allows the characters to change and develop dramatically over the course of the play. For example, Beatrice and Benedick were the two reluctant lovers duped into a suspicious relationship but eventually were able to show their true feelings. Beatrice showed her true feelings by continuously denying her love for Benedick and allowing herself to keep her unconventional reputation as a strong, independent woman. This is shown in the quotation “no, truly, but in friendly …show more content…
Furthermore, allowing Benedick to change his views. His initial opinion is “one woman shall not come in my grace” showing he is stubborn, yet this changes as he begins to dwell on the idea of Beatrice ‘loving’ Benedick which completely changes his views on love and immediately seems happier but continues to keep his unloving image as he “must not seem proud”. This relationship also conforms to the convention of unification as Beatrice and Benedick’s relationship grows towards to end of the play, where Hero is shamed and all the noblemen ride off, yet Benedick is left by Beatrice’s side in order to show his support for her and her cousin, Hero. This shows how Benedick’s character has changed throughout the play by siding with Beatrice and is even willing to challenge a fellow nobleman to a duel. “You are a villain, I jest not: I will make it good how you dare, 
with what you dare, and when you dare. Do me right, or I will protest
your cowardice. You have killed a sweet lady, and her death shall
fall heavy on you. Let me hear from you.” Both characters seemed pleased with each other, which enabled Shakespeare to satisfy the audience with a cathartic ending for Benedick and Beatrice, as they appeared to deserve it after they took part in their “merry war” consisting of personal insults, which gives the audience a sense of

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