Examples Of Love In A Midsummer Night's Dream
The first type of love displayed in the play is the passionate and sometimes lustful emotions of Hermia and Lysander. Their love is truly passionate and enough for them both to oppose the Athenia parental law and to disregard Hermia's father's commands. Knowing the consequences …show more content…
In the beginning of the play, Egeus presents his complaint to Theseus, as a father who, by law, has the right to select his daughter's spouse. Egeus believes that Lysander has turned Hermia against his will and has made her a disobedient daughter. Egeus is fond of Demetrius and prefers him over Lysander. Egeus would not have acted this way if he did not love his daughter and want the best for her. In 1.1.27, Egeus goes on to explain, "This man hath bewitched the bosom of my child." He continues in 1.1.32 and says, "And stol'n the impression of her fantasy" (Bevington, 2014, p. 47). This is where he is saying Lysander has brainwashed Hermia. Often parents show their love in ways such as being overly protective and can act irrational when the child goes against the parent's wishes.
In conclusion, Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, demonstrates how passionate love can change emotions and cause one to risk everything as seen in Hermia and Lysander. Magical love, as demonstrated in Titania, Bottom, and Demetrius, often lacking the sense of true love. Love can also be shown in a parental form of an overbearing father, as Egeus demonstrated with Hermia. Each type of love shown in the play, revealed how the desires of one person can affect another. Ultimately, true love did prevail in the