“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” by William Shakespeare is a play that offers an interesting insight into the conflicting emotions of the human psyche. Throughout the play Shakespeare uses his settings to provide us insight into human conflict; rational versus the irrational and more emotional characteristics we encounter. The logical, more rational side would be the palace, with its society and rules. The fun yet wild emotional side is represented by the woods, where human logic is overtaken by magical things that do not make sense and appear more dream like.
The palace setting is important because it represents the essence of our society; rules made by man and kept in line with our ...view middle of the document...
After winning a war with another kingdom he chooses to marry their queen, Hippolyta. The king’s decision may have been inspired by love, but it is more plausible to say that his marriage was to avoid political ramifications. In fact Theseus' apparent love for Hippolyta seems almost as if it was an added reward to an already beneficial partnership. Whether any attraction was there or not would probably not have made any difference. As king, Theseus must place the
kingdom before his own feelings. It simply comes with the position.
The palace represents one’s ability to suppress our feelings and impulses
and to make decisions based on a more logical reasoning. It teaches us not to give into the power of raw emotion. It teaches us to respect its power and to require its control. Love has never nor ever will be predictable.
The woods represent human’s undisciplined emotional quality. A place in which
laws do not apply, things are simple, and do not make sense. The woods exude appealing attributes like adventure, romance, fear, and foolishness; almost as if it was making a mockery of all things suppressed by the palace.
The king of the fairies that live in the woods, Oberon, is the ideal symbol of a human’s impulsiveness. He obviously loves his queen, Titania, very much and instantly becomes jealous of her love for an Indian child. Rashly he devises a plan to take the child for...