The difficulty of love is one of the center themes of many of William Shakespeare’s comedy plays. Many ways he emphasizes the theme of the play is by creating doubles through the characters. Doubling in literature is essentially mirroring aspects like plot, setting and characters in the play to emphasize a theme. In A Midsummer Nights Dream by William, Shakespeare doubling is used to show the characters difficulties with love. The instant love seen with the young couples, fatherly love seen with Egeus, and brotherly love with the mechanicals are all difficult and complicated relationships. Love in a Shakespearean time is very complicated and says a lot about the social-political time period. Thus, in A Midsummer Nights Dream doubling is used to explain the theme of love 's difficulty and antics of love through the attitudes towards love, the outer beauty of love and types of love.
The differing attitudes towards love are very present from the start of the play to the end. To begin, the play opens with Hippolyta and Theseus discussing their marriage ceremony to come. Theseus states,
“Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour/ Draws on apace. Four happy days bring in Another moon. But methinks how slow This old moon! She lingers my desires Like to a stepdame or a dowager
Long withering out a young man 's revenue” (Shakespeare 1.1.1).
The play opens with a marriage between two very powerful people. Hippolyta is an accomplished amazon warrior, who under any other circumstance could…