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"A Midsummer Nights Dream" By William Shakespeare

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GCSE English Project-'A Midsummer Nights Dream'By William Shakespeare'The course of true love never did run smooth...' Explain how Shakespeare demonstrates this in the playRomance is a very popular genre for plays, films, television shows and books as it appeals to everyone in one way or another. Everyone at sometime in his or her life experiences love, whether it's a bad experience or a good one. Many of Shakespeare's plays are about love and the confusion and happiness it can cause for people e.g. Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra and Much Ado about nothing. A Midsummer Nights Dream is also about love and how jealousy and tampering with love can cause problems for everyone. In the play the four lovers all have very different experiences of love as they fight for the partner they truly love and want. In the play Shakespeare shows love from many different angles and how 'The course of true love never did run smooth'From the beginning of the play love is forced upon Hermia as she has to make a choice between marrying Demetrius, spending life as a nun with no men or dying so she won't have to marry someone she doesn't love. 'Either to die the death, or to abjure forever the society of men'. Hermia does not love Demetrius and refuses to marry someone she does not truly have feelings for but Theseus asks her to consider her fathers feelings. At this time daughters were ruled by their fathers and expected to obey their every word. It shows how little faith Egeus has in his daughter's feelings. Egeus, Hermia's father would rather his daughter die than not marry Demetrius. 'As she is mine, I may dispose of her; which shall either be to this gentleman or to her death, according to our law immediately provided in that case'. This seems pretty harsh for a father to send his daughter to her death if she doesn't do as he asks. Theseus suggests that she thinks about it and that she will change her mind but Hermia has a traditional view on marriage that it should be for love. 'But I beseech your grace that I may know the worst that may befall me in this case if I refuse to wed Demetrius'. Hermia is in love with Lysander and he returns her feelings. Egeus thinks Lysander has tricked his daughter into loving him. 'This man hath bewitched the bosom of my child'. Theseus agrees with Egeus and compares love to lunacy. Love can make you do things that you wouldn't normally consider and it makes your brain see things differently. 'The lunatic, the lover and the poet are of imagination all compact'. A poet uses his imagination to make things up and Theseus believes that love can play tricks on our imagination and make us think and see things like a lunatic.At the start of the play the plans for Theseus and Hippolyta's wedding are taking place. This wedding also seems forced as Theseus claims Hippolyta as his because he fought for her. 'Hippolyta, I wooed thee with my sword, and won thy love doing thee injuries'. This is another example of pressured...

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