William Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream Are Love And Magic

1819 Words Nov 25th, 2016 8 Pages
Two of the main themes discussed in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream are love and magic, and one must reflect on how the two correlate between the main characters. Lysander, Hermia, Helen, Demetrius, and Titania are all greatly affected by the use of magic in this story. They seem to already struggle with developing relationships, and the tricky, unpredictable use of magic is of no help to them. In this essay, I will prove that magic undeniably has a negative effect on love and relationships. Robin Goodfellow (Puck) and Oberon are seen as the tricksters of the play, and use their magic to destroy the relationships of both humans and fairies alike. When Titania refuses to hand over the young Indian prince to her king, Oberon decides to play a cruel trick on her and sends his servant Puck to retrieve a magical flower. The juice of this flower, after being spread over a sleeping person’s eyes, will cause that person to fall in love with the first creature they see when they wake up. Unfortunately, things do not go exactly as planned. As said by Robert W. Dent in Imagination in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “In the case of passionate love, for example, one could not say that t he imagination actually caused love, but rather that love so influenced the imagination as to have it misreport what it saw, thereby heightening the passion, thereby heightening the imagination, thereby… an endless chain reaction to man’s ever-increasing peril.” (116)
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