William Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream Essay

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William Shakespeare’s, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ focuses on a variety of themes such as: deception, relationships and love. Shakespeare explores the theme love through celebrating and ridiculing it. Shakespeare achieves this through the couples that the play mentions. Hermia and Lysander are one couple who portray their love through actions and speech; of course their actions are greatly influenced by the actions Demetrius and Helena, who also show comedic side of love. And then there is Titania and Oberon, who, have a big role to play in the confusion of Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius and Helena but they also struggle with their own love.
Hermia and Lysander‘s love and actions throughout the play are influenced by both the serious and comedic side of love. They play an important part in ridiculing how easily love can change and how impossible ‘one-sided’ love really is. We can see this in the way that Lysander forgot about Hermia after the love potion was applied to his eyes and he saw Helena. We can also see this change in the way he speaks to Hermia before and after being affected by the love potion. “How now, my love? Why is your cheek so pale? How chance the roses there to fade so fast?” (Shakespeare, W. 2009. Act 1, lines 128-129) and “Hang off, thou cat, thou burr! Vile thing. Let loose, or I will shake thee from me like a serpent!” (Shakespeare. W, 2009. Act 3, Lines 260- 261). After falling in love with Helena Lysander has forgotten all about Hermia even, insulted…

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