The Journey Of Love In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Journey of Love
In a person’s life they encounter many different people and they experience several types of love. As is the case in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. There are numerous types of love in this play. We start off with the love between Theseus and Hippolyta, at one time meeting in war and now discussing their wedding. From there we are introduced to Egeus, Hermia, Demetrius and Lysander. The different types of love in this group range from parental, true and even possessive love. Finally, there is the unrequited love that Helena has for Demetrius. These are just the first few that we encounter as Shakespeare weaves this magical tale. Regardless of the type of love there is always ups and downs, trials and errors to help
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These two were at war with each other and now they are to be wed. Theseus explains this when he says “I wooed thee with my sword and won thy love doing injuries; but I will wed thee in another key” (Shakespeare, c.1594-1595). This statement leads one to believe that their marriage is an arranged marriage to bring end to a war between their countries. Theseus is saying that even though the circumstances under which they are to be married stem from this arrangement, he still want her to be his wife. Although typically they would have not been wed to each other Theseus wants the marriage to be a real marriage and not just for show of state. Many times in marriages of this type, or arranged marriages, the couples still find love with each …show more content…
This would be the love the Helena has for Demetrius, unrequited love. There is nothing in the world worse than loving someone who does not return that love. Helena has given herself over to Demetrius in every way and he has turned away from her in pursuit of not only another, but her best friend Hermia. Helena is relentless in her desire to win over Demetrius, even willing to betray her friend and tell him about her elopement. She demonstrates this blind chase in this passage “I will go tell him of fair Hermia’s flight. Then to the wood will he be tomorrow night Pursue her; and for this intelligence If I have thanks, it is a dear expense” (Shakespeare, c.1594-1595). She is willing to sacrifice her friendship with Hermia in order to obtain the heart of the one that does not love her. Helena does not really learn from her experience but once again thanks to the Fairies she has the heart of Demetrius in the

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