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A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Unbalanced Love

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The course of love never did run smooth (Shakespeare I.i.134). William Shakespeare’s captivating, profound play illustrates the complications of four Athenians’ love lives. Two lovers yearn to run away together to get married, but trouble sets in and their lives become more complex when magical fairies and a love potion get involved. The four Athenians have to battle their way through love’s complications. The perplexing “love square,” mythical interference, and the endeavor to find equanimity are the three obstacles that the main characters urge to get past during the comedy. As these obstacles are thrown at the Athenians, the four lovers grow confused, and because of Robin, the audience ...view middle of the document...

Even in the beginning of the play, love is naturally unbalanced. The two love birds, Hermia and Lysander, are set on one another, but they are bothered by Helena and Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander’s lives would be much simpler without Athens’ laws and without their parasitic followers, Helena and Demetrius, but Shakespeare prefers to muddle with his audiences’ minds. William produces conflict in the play by creating a chain of characters who love unevenly. The audience craves balance in the character’s love lives; this is what makes the play so intriguing, the “love square” keeps the play interesting and the introduction of mythical creatures delights the crowd. Shakespeare’s renaissance audience was infatuated with the idea of enchantment.
The four Athenians lose their way and their wits for they are in the heart of fairyland (The American Chesterton Society). On their journey, Lysander and Hermia venture into the forest, but they do not know they are entering the fairy's territory. Demetrius hears from Helena about Hermia and Lysander's plan, and Demetrius rushes after them and follows them into the woods; also, Demetrius is accompanied, against his will, by Helena. Shakespeare molds a perfect love story into a fairytale by adding fairies and enchanted potions. The king of fairies, Oberon, sees Demetrius and Helena travel into the forest, and he also sees Demetrius threatening Helena and telling her to quit following him. Oberon wants to help Helena by making Demetrius love her, so Oberon sends Puck to fetch a love potion to use it on the Athenian lovers to stop them from bickering (Jamieson); some call the flower “love-in-idleness”. Whenever someone drops juice from the magical flower on one’s eyes, the first person or object the person sees when he/she opens his/her eyes will be the person or thing he/she falls in love with. When Oberon’s assistant, Robin, brings the flower back, Oberon tells Robin to pour the flower’s juice on a certain Athenian man’s eyes; also, Oberon says the man will be easy to find because he is dressed in Athenian clothing. Robin takes the flower and flies away to search for the Athenian man. Robin comes...

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