A Midsummer Nights Dream Essay

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In the comedic romantic play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, four plebeians are fighting for fate and destiny in the city of Athens, Greece. Hermia, a strong willed young lady, defies her father’s orders to marry Demetrius, another Athenian man, and subsequently runs off to the woods to marry Lysander. However, when the lovers, Hermia and Lysander, run off, their plans are disrupted when they are told on by Helena, Demetrius's obsessive lover. At this moment, Lysander, after learning about the others disrupting their plans to elope, says “the course of true love never did run smooth” (28) Later, when the love potion is placed onto the lovers by Puck, the well known trickster, and the other fairies such as Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies , many mixups, and falsely wrong loving affections and emotions arise between the ‘love square’. “The course of true love never did run smooth” (28) is very evident with the relationships of Hermia and Lysander, Helena and Demetrius, and the hardships and disasters of the love potion.

The love of Hermia and Lysander is put to the test when many events cause disruptions in the course of their true love. Hermia’s father, Egeus, is a very powerful figure in the life of Hermia and greatly impacts the love of Hermia and Lysander. However, he greatly disapproves of Lysander and instead wishes his daughter marry Demetrius so much that if Hermia does not marry Demetrius she will, “either to die the death, or to abjure for ever the society of men” (24). This quotation, said by Theseus, the Duke of Athens acting as Egeus’s messenger, means that if Hermia does not marry Demetrius, “a worthy gentleman”(24) in Egeus’s eyes, she will face death or forever live as a nun. Athenian law permits daughters to marry if they do not have their father’s blessing and so since Hermia does not have her father’s blessing, the Duke must intervene. Egeus puts a great barrier upon the shoulders of Hermia and Lysander. They cannot focus on their love for one another with the disapproval of Hermia’s father, and so they decide to go to Lysander’s aunt’s house to elope and forever stay. “I have a widowed aunt, a dowager, of great revenue… and she respects me as her only son there, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee” (30). The lovers have gone through many difficulties to get to be together and have been able to meet in the woods, where they plan to meet before they elope. While talking about Hermia’s father to Lysander, Hermia is very aggravated at her father for deciding her destiny and fate. Lysander then ponders the idea that possibly, “war, death, or sickness did lay siege to [their love]” (30). Hermia thinks that maybe true love is a luxury and these are the very things that “stands as an edict in destiny” (30). The two lovers portray that it takes much effort and dedication for true love, and that some negative reason will always be in the path of true love.

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