Examples Of Crazy Love In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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The quote from Sigmund Freud, “One is very crazy when in love.” is very relateable to Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream. Love is the dominant theme of the play. With the major conflicts surrounding the topic of love. Shakespeare demonstrates two major types of love. Parental love and a regular man and woman relationship. The parental love is between Titania and her “Changeling child” she’s taking care of. This causes a lovers spat between her and Oberon who wanted the child. Hermia, Helena, Lysander, and Demetrius have a convoluted love square that changes many times in the course of Shakespeare’s play. In Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, crazy love is a major theme. One example of being crazy in love and perhaps the…show more content…
Oberon (Titania’s husband) has his loyal servant Puck drug Titania to fall in love with the next thing she sees when she wakes up. Oberon does this because Titania has a small boy she is charge of and Oberon is needy and wants the boy simply because Titania told him no. When Bottom starts singing, still unaware he has the head of an ass, he wakes up Titania who under the power of the drug, immediately falls in love with him. Bottom of course in his arrogant fashion, doesn’t question how this random stranger is now totally and inevitably in love with him. Titania is so head over heels in love with Bottom she becomes delirious. She orders her fairies to do whatever he wants. Bottom is talking about how he wants honey and then he wants dried peas, but in the end he just wants to sleep. Titania sends her fairies away and sleeps with bottom.When Titania and Bottom fall asleep Oberon and Puck enter. Oberon tells Puck how he saw the…show more content…
Again they are deliriously in love because of the love drug. In the beginning of the play neither of the males want anything to do with Helena, she is blindly chasing after Demetrius desperate for his attention, but he brushes her off. Oberon orders puck to put the spell on Demetrius. “Thou shalt know the man by the Athenian garments he hath on.” (II, i ln 42 & 43) Puck inevitably puts the spell on Lysander, the wrong man. Once Oberon tells him he made a mistake, Puck endeavors off to fix it also putting the spell on Demetrius. When Lysander and Demetrius are drugged the first person they see is Helena, who they both dislike. Helena takes this as a trick and attacks Hermia who is just as confused. The cause of this is once again Oberon. he had Puck drug them for his enjoyment and to help out Helena who he takes pity on. He takes pity on her because no one loves her, and because he feels bad about Demetrius brushing her off. Lysander, Demetrius, Helena, and Hermia have a crazy and complicated love square that gets even more complicated throughout the play. Being crazy in love is a major theme of A Midsummer Night’s dream by Shakespeare. This is shown by many characters throughout the play. One set of characters that shows this is Titania and her husband Oberon. The other set of characters is Hermia, Helena, Lysander, and Demetrius. These characters whether drugged or not are some of
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