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

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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 …show more content…
Helena yearns for Demetrius love and is constantly comparing herself to Hermia. She consistently wishes for Hermia 's height and brains. She states, ”O, that my prayers could such affection move” (1.1. 202). The difficulty in love with beauty here is the very important theme of the play. Helena wants to look and behave any way Demetrius will like just to grab his affections. The broader social-political aspect of this is how she does not care that he will never love her back; she just wants a man like him. One side to her is shamelessly after him and fallen into societies expectations of women but the other shows Helena being very open and vocal about her love which is very rare. The antics of love is especially showcased with Helena as she does anything to make Demetrius love her, even if it means having him altered by the love potion. In the end of the play, the love potion is never immediately said to be removed from Demetrius ' eyes. Thus leads the reader to assume Demetrius loves Helena because he is manipulated too. This implies true love to many of these characters is not important as long as they get what they want in the end. The love potion has a bigger role in the play, as it seems to be claiming the characters love with their eyes rather than their hearts, which is why, love, is complicated. Not only does it affect the way they …show more content…
The characters themselves double easily which the author uses to grab the readers attention. Without the doubled aspects of the play, it would not be so easy to distinguish the main theme of the play. This motif is carefully constructed to understand the meaning of the play and what it all meant. Whether it is young instant love, fatherly love or love based on appearance it all proves to be complicated and messy. As the young love run the play Lysander explained, “ The course of love never did run smooth”

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