Examples Of Love In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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“The course of true love never did run smooth,” Lysander, a character in the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream once said. Love was not always easy for the characters Hermia, Helena, Demetrius, Lysander, Titania, and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. One theme this play shows is how love is not easy. Three scenes that show this are when Helena is pleading love from Demetrius, the love triangle between Hermia, Lysander, and Demetrius, and when Lysander did not love Hermia after being put under a spell. Love was hard for Helena in the beginning of the play because the person she loved did not love her back. Helena was in love with Demetrius, but he loved Hermia. When Helena followed him in the woods, he told her he did not love her and to stop following him (Shakespeare.2.1.173-174). She…show more content…
Demetrius and Lysander both were in love with Hermia, but Hermia was only in love with Lysander. Hermia’s dad, Egeus, did not approve of the love between Hermia and Lysander. Lysander pleaded to Egeus, “I am, my Lord, as well derived as he is, as well possessed, my love is more than his. . . . and . . . I am loved by beauteous Hermia” (Shakespeare.1.1.99-104). Demetrius disagreed with Lysander, and begged for love from Hermia, and wished for Lysander to stop acting like Hermia was his (Shakespeare.1.1.91-92). This was a complicated situation since Egeus would not give his daughter’s blessing to marry Lysander. Because of this, Lysander and Hermia ran off into the woods to be married. Once Demetrius found this out, he chased after the couple to fight for Hermia’s love. This created a very difficult and complicated love triangle in the play between Hermia, Demetrius, and Lysander that made love much harder. This part of the play also shows how love can be hard when two people are in love with the same person, like how Demetrius and Lysander were both in love with
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