What Is The Role Of Love In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Consider the special people you love at this time of your life. Can you imagine how you would feel if they suddenly disappeared or stopped loving you? I am sure that we would all feel devastated. Throughout the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare shows us the many aspects of love and how our affection toward our loved one’s can change so suddenly as we mature. This play forces us to consider what a supposedly absurd and irrational thing love is.

Love symbolizes devotion and trust, and how they contribute to the role of love in the play. When we begin to love someone, we are determined to stay devoted to them forever. This play shows us that perhaps it is not as easy as we think it is to sustain that trust. From the beginning
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Over the course of just a few days, the lovers left their immature, old ways behind, and found themselves married and fully devoted to the love of their lives. As the lovers mature, not only do they speak a lot more like Theseus and Hippolyta, but their physical attraction towards their partners also turns into a much more romantic love. When Lysander and Hermia first entered the woods, Lysander said, “Two bosoms interchained with an oath;/ so then two bosoms and a single troth.” (II / ii/ 38-39). This clearly shows that Lysander was a lot more physically attracted to Hermia. However, as the play continues, and as the lovers mature, their immature love turns into a blessed marriage. Shakespeare uses Egeus to show us what love should, and should not be. Love should be respecting and obeying your parents, and it should be worth going through a lot of trouble for. However, love should not be forced between two individuals, nor should it be altered because of the law. Even though they broke the law, Theseus forgave them. This showed that not only did the lovers mature, but Theseus also changed and was more lenient, and in the name of love, announced a triple wedding. This shows that although love can be blind, irrational, and ever changing, love is worth breaking the rules

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