William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play which emphasises and explores love, free will and liminal dream-like spaces within both a fantasy realm and the real world. Within Act 2 Scene 2 lines 115-160, the Athenian lovers are experiencing a tense shift in dynamics. Lysander has been subjected to a love potion, and is leaving his relationship with Hermia in order to pursue a romance with their friend, Helena. During this passage, Shakespeare explores these key themes, and establishes a tense, uncertain reality, by providing an introduction to the conflict experienced by these characters within the entire text. One of the major themes that Shakespeare chooses to explore within A Midsummer Night’s Dream is reality versus fantasy. In particular, Shakespeare focuses on presenting a distinctive …show more content…
When the lovers enter the forest they are no longer subject to the structure of the real world, and are instead part of a space that functions as if it were part of a dream. The passage in Act 2 Scene 2 displays this otherworldly uncertainty through Lysander's reaction to the love potion. Within the passage, Lysander believes he has awoken from his “tedious”(2.2.116) time with Hermia, and instead decides “to honour”(2.2.148) Helena. The rapid, stream of consciousness style dialogue that is present in both Lysander and Helena’s speech evokes a fluid, dream like quality within the passage. For example, as Helena says “is’t not enough...my insufficiency”(2.2.129-132), her repetition, emphasis and non-structured speech heightens the surreal quality within the passage. This section also highlights the uncertainty and unreliable experiences that the character's are subjected to within the play. Throughout the passage Lysander believes that his eyes have finally been opened to the truth, yet he is actually blinded by the love
A main theme throughout this selected passage in a, “Midsummer's Night Dream,” is stupidity. This is because the Rude Mechanicals are ask if there should be a lion, or who is playing the moon? Snout, the dimwitted tinker, asked if the moon will shine, and show for their play. He doesn’t ask about using a candle, or pretending that there is a moon. Instead, he has a genius idea to cast a person to play the moon.
Toba Beta once said: "“Justice could be as blind as love.” Shakespeare 's play A Midsummer Night 's Dream captures the blindness of both love and justice. Egeus, a respected nobleman in Athens, arranged for his daughter, Hermia, to marry nobleman Demetrius. Egeus tells his daughter that she must obey his wishes: If she does not, she can either choose to become a nun, or die.
Melisa Pierre-Louis Professor Brett English 10 December 2nd, 2016 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Annotated essay. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare is a comedy that contains a lot of aspects. They communicate in one way or another to the audience, depending on how we (the audience) analyze what Shakespeare is trying to convey.
Philosophical approach on the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream Submitted to: Prof. Eliezer V. David Submitted by: Jan MarveManaligod KristianDacara Bryan RonhellTangonan MarckRacell Diego BSME-2C Philosophy is the study of the theoretical basis of a particular branch of knowledge or experience. In every story there is a philosophy. It is the way of the author to show the moral lesson of the play.
Since the beginning of literature, authors have discussed many themes and life truths through their writing, and though they may be separated by centuries of cultural evolution, many of the characters created by these authors share a common theme. Likewise, the novel Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, the novella The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, and the play A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare are very different stories, yet they also share a common theme. The three of the texts share the common theme of “When people ambitiously pursue their goals, they can be blinded from seeing the reality around them and make illogical decisions.” In the novel Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, the main character, Antonio, cannot
In Shakespeare's play "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the theme of fate and free will is explored through the actions and interactions of the characters. An example of fate is the use of the love potion by Oberon and Puck, which causes the characters to fall in love with the wrong people and creates confusion and chaos in their relationships. This illustrates how fate can intervene and disrupt the characters' plans and desires, highlighting the idea that love and desire are not always under our control.
Athens vs the Forest In Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare there are two settings, Athens and the forest where the four layers of ploy take place. First in Athens the royal wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. Second is the story of the four Athenian lovers (Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, and Helena) in the forest. Third is the conflict between fairies (Oberon and Titania) in the forest. Last is the effort of the “rude mechanicals” to put on a play.
In the real world, love is a very fragile force. Love can be easily broken and manipulated by multiple other outside forces. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the two most basic themes are the chaos and order that are the causes of all the actions that take place. Chaos versus order in A Midsummer Night’s Dream also is a representation of Yin and Yang. Yin, represents the bad or darkness in the world, this is the chaos in the play.
Toba Beta once said: "“Justice could be as blind as love.” Shakespeare 's play A Midsummer Night 's Dream captures the blind bias of both love and justice. Egeus, a respected nobleman in Athens, arranged for his daughter, Hermia, to marry nobleman Demetrius. Egeus tells his daughter that she must obey his wishes: if she does not, she can either choose to become a nun, or die. Hermia, much to her father 's dismay, is deeply in a mutual love with a different nobleman, Lysander.
Shakespeare's blurring of lines in these situations also carries a lot of conflict and emotion, as this makes Lysander feel anger towards Demetrius, which is not real or true. Confusing what is real and what is fake. Prior to this quote, Demetrius had been in love with Hermia and actively pursued her despite her lack of interest, and after Puck uses the potion, he experiences a sudden change of heart toward Helena. He begins to express his newfound devotion to her by saying things like, "O Helen, goddess, nymph, perfect, divine! to what, my love, shall I compare thine eyne?"(3.2.137).
A Midsummer Night’s Dream dealt with the universal theme of love and its complications: lust, disappointment, confusion, and marriage, featuring three interlocking plots, connected by a celebration of the wedding of Theseus, Duke of Athens and the Amazonian queen Hippolyta. The play rotates around different forms of love, two of them being love for friendship (Philia) and romantic (Eros) or true love. Love is the most important theme of the play and the asymmetrical love seen in the play between the four Athenians and romantic encounters cause conflict within the play. There is a strong friendship love between two characters, Hermia and Helena. These two ladies are regarded as sisters as they have grown up together always having each other’s
It is the first goal of our essay to understand how marriage and courtship in Shakespeare´s plays are an important exciting theme because it was something real during XVI century. The objective of the essay is to examine how courtship and marriage affects the issues and formation of the play named A Midsummer Night´s Dream (The Malone Society, 1996) focusing on the social and emotional relationships between men and women. Consequently, the aims are: first, to show the importance of the female character in the play according to virginity, chastity and sexuality; second, to explain how love is treated in the play; and lastly, to illustrate how courtship and marriage are depicted through the characters. It is crucial to understand that all of
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, captivates readers with its blend of romance, mischief, and magic. The playwright skillfully employs internal and external conflicts to convey a universal theme that transcends time and place. Through the interplay of these conflicts, Shakespeare explores the complexities of love, the capriciousness of human emotions, and the transformative power of the imagination. Moreover, his use of a significant literary element, namely, the setting of the enchanted forest, enriches the conflicts within the narrative, ultimately deepening the exploration of the universal theme.
The use and misuse of magic are of great importance in the play, A Midsummer Night 's Dream. It is a recurring theme that is mostly seen with Puck. The use of magic by Puck helps in creating conflict, humor, and balance in play. Shakespeare employs this device in his play to mainly build and establish the theme of love. The role of magic in A Midsummer Night’s Dream is seen as an interference with the human world, however it is still separate from the human protagonists (Noone, 2010).
Although Lysander does have the magic taken away from him, Demetrius never does, therefore he spends the rest of the play, in love with a woman he was not interested in for the first two acts of the play. By the completion of the play, just as in all of Shakespeare’s comedies, each person concludes the play with the person they wanted to be with in the beginning, other than Demetrius who still seems content to be marrying Helena. Although the nectar causes much of the discomfort and issues in the play, it is also what helps the woman who did not believe she deserved love, to believe that another person could love her for her, and luckily enough she does not seem to understand that her husband did not intend on living out his life in this