The Theme Of Love In Midsummer Night Dream

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Love is shown and interpreted in different ways. In William Shakespeare’s novel Midsummer Night Dream, there are many kinds of relationship involving “love”. The theme of love is represented through the romantic love between Oberon and Titania, young love between Demetrius and Helena, Lysander and Hermia and the friendship love between Hermia and Helena. Oberon and Titania represents a romantic, mature and weathered love which the other lovers relationship lacks but, lack of trust is the source of their argument.Oberon and Titania are angry with each other over the fact that Titania will not obey Oberon. A strong bond between them if distorted causes a change in nature. “Is, as in mockery, set. The spring,the/summer,/The childing autumn, …show more content…
The love between Lysander and Hermia is that of a forbidden love. These young lovers unlike Oberon and Titania are at the beginning of their relationship. They believe they are deeply in love with each other and nothing can separate them. They will fight together against anyone who is opposed of their love and therefore are willing to risk all to be together. “The course of true love never did run smooth”( 1.1.134). They are forbidden by Hermia 's father to be together and in addition to that, Hermia is forced to choose between marrying the man her father chose for her who is Demetrius, nunnery and execution.The love between Lysander and Hermia is unlike the love between Demetrius and Helena which is unrequited. Helena is in love with Demetris who neglects her, but loves Hermia and therefore is forced to chase him which is against her nature because it is the man that is supposed to do the chasing. Their relationship appears to be that of a cat and mouse. Quite ironic that the role is reversed as Helena is a mouse, but instead of running away from the cat, she runs towards the cat despite the cat threatening her virginity and treats her cruelly. “ And/even for that do I love you the more./I am your spaniel. And, Demetrius,/The more you beat me, I will fawn on you./Use me but as your spaniel—spurn me, strike me,/Neglect me, lose me. …show more content…
It also destroys everything in its path, including the friendship of Hermia and Helena. Hermia and Helena represent a love bound by friendship . Although they have been childhood friends, friendship is torn apart by jealousy and insecurities in this scene. At the beginning of the novel, the relationship between Hermia and Helena is strong as Hermia confines in Helena telling her of the idea to run away together with Lysander. Helena insecurity and jealousy are noticed as she points out how perfect her best friend no wonder her love for Demetrius is not requited. She blames Hermia for the loss of Demetrius and therefore is willing to betray Hermia. “So he dissolved, and showers of oaths did melt./I will go tell him of fair Hermia’s flight./Then to the wood will he tomorrow night/Pursue her. And for this intelligence/If I have thanks, it is a dear expense./But herein mean I to enrich my pain,/To have his sight thither and back again”(1.1.246-251). Therefore Helena decides that the best way to gain Demetrius love is by telling him of Lysander and Hermia’s decision to escape.Because of her action, the audience discovers that Helena is so blinded on love, she will do whatever she needs to achieve it. Although Hermia tries to assure Helena that she has never encouraged Demetrius ' affections and does not want it, Helena is still jealous of Hermia 's beauty. Although she

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