Different Types of Love in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy, written in 1595 during the
reign of Queen Elizabeth I. This was when the society was dominated
by men. During the period, England was ruled by a powerful and well
One of the many themes of the play is that of love. Many different
types of love are depicted in the book. There is: Parental Love (Egeus
and Hermia, Titania and Little Indian Boy), Friendly Love (Helena and
Hermia, The Workmen), Unrequited Love (Helena and Demetrius), Official
Love (Hermia and Demetrius), Argumentative Love (Oberon and Titania),
Mad Sexual Love (Bottom and Titania),Passionate Love (Hermia and
Lysander). Each type of love would be discussed to support the point
that the play is full of different types of love.
This is the type of love that exists between parents and their
children. A parent would go to any length for their children to show
their love to them. This is shown in the love between Egeus and
Hermia. Egeus wants the best for his daughter. He wants her to marry a
man of his choice and does his best to make her see things his way. He
declares to those present that
“. . . As she is mine, I shall dispose of her;
Which shall be either to this gentleman
Or to her death, according to our law
Immediately provided in that case.”
On the other hand, Hermia has to love her father no matter what he
says or does to her. Children are brought up to respect their parents
and love them. Theseus tells Hermia
“What say you, Hermia? Be advised fair maid.
To you your father should be as a god,
One that composed your beauties; . . .”
Hermia has no say in her life and who she marries. She does not like
her father’s decision and wants to fight against it. Although she is
advised to do as her father wants, the love she feels for Lysander is
to strong for her to ignore.
In modern day society, parents tend to know what is best for the
children and try to lead them into doing what they want. It all goes
to show their love but sometimes it is taken too far.
Hermia lived in a male-dominated society hence her father had the
authority to do with her as he likes.
This type of love exists between friends could have developed over a
period of time and it can exist between different kinds of people.
Helena and Hermia have this kind of love and would do anything for
each other. It happens that Helena is in love with Demetrius who
Hermia is being forced to marry. Demetrius does not want Helena but
Helena loves her friend Hermia but at the same time wants to get her
man. By telling Demetrius of the planned elopement between Lysander
and Hermia, she mind get her man and help...