William Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream Essay

1960 Words Dec 19th, 2016 8 Pages
Shakespeare reveals “the course of true love never did run smooth” through obstacles and threats to love within A Midsummer Night’s Dream via interactions between characters (1.1.134). It seems justifiable that characters within the play exhibit certain traits (along with their actions) which create situations for threats against love to be seen, especially through Hermia, Helena, Lysander, and Demetrius. During their time in the woods, the use of a love potion and other mischievous acts performed by fairies creates a world of fantasy (opposed by the serious nature of Thebes). The forest utilizes characters like Oberon, King of the fairies, and Puck to contrast the order of Thebes. This allows for the analyzation of love through a comedic lens – something usually seen as a serious topic. Using textual support from the play, one can argue that Shakespeare uses these characters along with the setting and tone to demonstrate love’s obstacles throughout the play. The threats to love (and solutions to these threats) seem to be the main theme in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which are displayed through the disapproval of others, one-way love, deceit and mischief, and the lack of self worth. The initial threat to love is the disapproval of others, especially between father and daughter. During the time of the play, a father had full control of his daughter, which can be seen when Theseus states, “To you your father should be as a god… you are but as a form of wax by him…

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