"A Midsummer Night's Dream" Essay

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Introduction"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is one of Shakespeare's best and most confusing plays ever written. Two worlds within one play, the world of the fairies and the human world, as well as this in the human world the humans are preparing to put on a play for Theseus and Hippolyta, the future king and queen of Athens. In both worlds love has turned their lives upside-down; well everyone knows that the course of true love never did run smooth!Hermia has Lysander and Demetrius head over heels for her but only has eyes for Lysander, where as her father thinks she should wed Demetrius and if she doesn't obey his wishes her only other choices is to face life as a nun or no life at all, so she decides to elope to the forest with Lysander. As well as this little love triangle, there's Helena, who loves Demetrius, then due to some fairies magic mix-up Lysander falls for Helena, trying to undo this both boys fall for Helena, and then the girls have a cat fight over Lysander.As well as all this commotion in the human world back in the fairy world Oberon and Titania, the fairy king and queen, are going through a rough patch in their marriage, causing Titania to think that her own squabbles with her husband are causing all this commotion among the humans.If this isn't confusing enough Oberon and Titania are arguing over a servant. Wanting revenge on Titania, Oberon sends his assistant, Puck, to cast a spell on her making her fall in love with the first being she sees which is Bottom, a member of the cast of the play the humans are rehearsing. It just so happens, he plays a donkey! This is also the little magic mix-up that makes both Demetrius and Lysander fall in love with Helena, as Oberon thinks he'll help out Helena in the process. But obviously it ends happily ever after, because it's comedy!IssuesShakespeare brings up a lot of issues in this play - such as what is true love? Does it only happen in fairy tales? One of the most famous issues in history and still unanswered. Shakespeare brings up this very complex issue because nobody actually knows what true love is, because most people may not have experienced this in their life yet.The play uses the convectional formula of...Boy meets girl à fall in love à come across obstacles in their relationship à overcame these obstacles à marriage/ happily ever after.This play offers a outline for married life, Oberon and Titania, with the overcome obstacles and the happy ending, which illustrate a good role model for married life showing that love can work out if you work at it hard enough.Oberon and Titania's response to each other after their argument is identical to the way a primary school boyfriend and girlfriend would react, childishly trying to get one over on each other. Such as, the spell Oberon places upon Titania making her fall head over heads with a total stranger (dressed as a donkey!), causing chaos and disruption among the forest, leaving Theseus and Hippolyta to...

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