The Theme Of Love In A Midsummer Night's Dream By William Shakespeare

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream is perhaps the most famous play ever written by William Shakespeare. It is an excellent example of comedy. The play follows the story of several pairs of lovers. The four main pairs of lovers in the play, Theseus and Hippolyta, Oberon and Titania, Lysander and Hermia, and Demetrius and Helena, each represent a different form of love. The plot of the play involves the trials that some of these characters go through and demonstrates which kinds of love should be idolized and should be followed. One of the most famous quotes from the entire play is “And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays” (Shakespeare III, i, 71-72). This line summarizes the entire play, and Shakespeare’s own opinion about love. Throughout the play, many of the characters put love before reason because of the magical love potion cast over them. Robin Goodfellow, hereafter known as Puck, a mischievous sprite that is in the employ of King Oberon of the fairies is the cause of most of the trouble. The love …show more content…
Using the play, he demonstrates to the audience that love is for fools and has no place amongst sane people. He uses his characters love to illustrate his point that love is illogical and ridiculous and that it is unnecessary for a good marriage. Theseus and Hippolyta are the prime examples of how a marriage should work in the play. The two of them are shown to be the root of all reason and accepted order (Fisher 310). They are perhaps the only lovers in the play whom Shakespeare approves of. Shakespeare writes the play as if all the characters should idolize the relationship, rather than the love based relationships displayed by the rest of the characters. Perhaps the best example of his mocking love is the magically induced romance of Titania and Bottom. It seems to demonstrate Shakespeare’s view of the utter ridiculousness of lover and make a mockery toward love

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