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A Midsummer Night’s Dream By William Shakespeare

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Victor Lam 2F
Ms.Vujacic

Never risk your heart to a fool, for if you do you will surely become one. Love can be found in many different ways, but the idea of true love is one’s opinion. Love can be foolish or amazing depending on who you are. Love is a dark and intangible feeling that often exposes its targets to danger, pain and suffering. Love is set out to be full of happiness, yet it works to weaken us, and drives us to depend on and to be sensitive of others. Love is built on a foundation of trust which can be broken at any time, a thin barrier between formality and chaos. Foolishness is defined as lack of good sense or judgment, putting yourself through all that seems foolish, ...view middle of the document...

Titania tells us that the fights have been so violent that they've disrupted the seasons and the weather, which has caused devastating winds, rain, and flooding. (2.1.3) Oberon’s use of the flower wasn’t only to make her fall in love with somebody else, but he went out of his way to embarrass her so that he may receive what he wants from her. The use of the flower also resulted in Oberon taking the Indian boy to use as his own slave. This is evidence that Oberon's feelings toward Titania are not related to actual love but instead jealously over the power she holds. If Oberon felt true love towards Titania, he would not have used such means to get his way but instead shared the power or accept it.
Secondly, First off, the play begins important but small couple, Theseus and Hippolyta. Theseus and Hippolyta’s relationship in the play is a lot like Oberon and Titania’s. While Theseus, unlike Oberon, often uses the word "love" to address Hippolyta, there is no evidence that love, much less true love, is what he feels for Hippolyta:
Hippolyta, I woo'd thee with my sword,
And won thy love doing thee injuries;
But I will wed thee in another key,
With pomp, with triumph, and with reveling. (1.1.16-19)
This quote shows multiple situations where Theseus is power hungry in the relationship. Using the words "with triumph" (1.1.19) does not show the presence of love in any way. Triumph is usually used when someone is dominating or has won a battle of some sort. Though Theseus says to Hippolyta that he "won thy love doing thee injuries" (1.1.17), he is not discussing a concept of actual true love but of the right to marry Hippolyta, as he has won. He feels that he can marry Hippolyta, not due to his love towards her but due to the fact he has won the right to marry her with injuries and fighting. Hippolyta was an Amazon warrior in the play but is no longer as Theseus won fighting for her. Theseus states he has won Hippolyta’s heart, and woo’d her with his sword. Oberon is also accused of sleeping with Hippolyta which is labeled as his warrior lover.

Lastly, true love is showed by the obsessive Helena whose feelings for Demetrius give further...

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