Chaos In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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The Necessity of Chaos and Order As Carl G. Jung said, “In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret disorder.” The essence of this quote closely relates to the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare in which the path of love requires both chaos and order. The creation of chaos to derive order is necessary for the couples in A Midsummer Night’s Dream to end up happy. This is shown in the course of love between the couples Lysander and Hermia, Demetrius and Helena, and Oberon and Titania.

Firstly, the existence of chaos resulting in order and a happy ending is shown in the course of love between Lysander and Hermia. Early in the play, Egeus, Hermia’s father, demands that Theseus enforce the Athenian law and force
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Later on in the play, Puck mistakes Lysander for Demetrius and causes Lysander to fall in love with Helena. Upon waking and seeing Helena, Lysander declares that “Not Hermia, but Helena [he] love[s]. Who will not change a raven for a dove?” (II.ii.118-119). Lysander, who moments ago in the play was in love with Hermia, renounces his love for her in favour of Helena and then insults Hermia. Puck’s mistake has severely divided the lovers and added more chaos to their love. Once Puck and Oberon realize the chaos that has been created between the two lovers, they restore order by placing a different herb on Lysander’s eye to return his love to Hermia. As well, when Lysander and Hermia are found in the forest by the royals, Theseus decides to overrule Egeus’ will and allow the couple to get married. To end up happy and together, Lysander and Hermia needed to go through chaos and then have order restored in the course of their …show more content…
Demetrius has disrupted his relationship with Helena so he could try to win the love of Hermia. Later in the play, Puck finds out that he has made mistake. He uses the potion again to make Demetrius fall in love with Helen but does not take the effect of the potion off of Lysander. This results in both Demetrius and Lysander being in love with Helena and causing Helena to think that she is being mocked by them as well as by Hermia. She cannot comprehend the sudden shift of love towards her and she “perceive[s] they have conjoin’d all three/ to bait [her] with this foul derision” (III.ii.193-194). Helena does not believe Demetrius loves her again and after Lysander says that he too loves her she gets upset with them as she thinks they are making fun of her. The course of love between Helena and Demetrius is drastically disrupted by this event but shortly after is returned to order once Oberon and Puck realize the mess that they created. They return Lysander 's love to Hermia and cause them all to fall asleep to make them think the whole day was a dream. Demetrius and Helena’s love is further brought back to order when the royals arrive and decide to let them get married at the royal wedding. Demetrius and Helena need the chaos from the fairy world to end up in love with each other again and then the order of Athens to solidify their love and give them a happy

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