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How Shakespeare Express Love In His Plays

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William Shakespeare, in the 16th century, wrote two plays that both involved love. Although both showed love, their genres contrast with one of them a comedy and the other a tragic. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a character named Hermia refuses marriage with Demetrius with the reason that she loves Lysander. Hermia’s friend, Helena, loves Demetrius. With parents involved in the scandal, the group rebel and run of into the woods. A fairy named Puck interferes and in the end, all lovers end up happy. In Romeo and Juliet, two lovers in families that have feud fall in love but their families do not allow it. Romeo and Juliet accept a secret marriage needs to happen in order for them to stay together. During their plan, Juliet appears dead from a potion, Romeo, who does not know, kills himself with poison. Juliet sees him and kills herself with a dagger. This essay will only discuss the plays, not the films. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare explores how the setting of the play, night and daytime, show how love never runs smooth, with characters in each play facing conflicts in the daylight and expressing love in the night.
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare conveys how night and daytime show love never runs smooth, with characters forced to face conflicts in the daylight and then express their love at night. In Act 1, Scene 1, Hermia’s dad named Egeus disallows marriage between Lysander and Hermia. In disappointment, the two lovers plan to meet at mid night tomorrow in the woods to get married, “Keep word, Lysander: we must starve our sight / From lovers’ food, till morrow deep midnight” (1.1.222-223). Hermia’s idea to “starve our sight” till tomorrow mid night shows how they have to wait and express their emotions and feelings at night, and stay away from conflicts in the daytime. This also conveys how their love does not run smooth, which they get forced to wait tomorrow at night in order to get married. Then, in Act 2, Scene 1, Oberon and Titania argue for possession of an Indian boy and Titania screams to Oberon she will stay in the woods till Theseus’s wedding day. Titania argues, “Perchance till after Theseus’ wedding day / If you will patiently dance in our round / And see our moonlight revels, go with us / If not, shun me, and I will spare your haunts” (2.1.124-127). Titania explains how Oberon can join the moonlight celebrations at Theseus’s wedding day if he acts normally and correctly. Titania line also shows how they will express the love at moonlight, or night. Even though they talk about the wedding of Theseus, Oberon and Titania argument shows that love does not run smooth because of their disagreements. Finally, In Act 3, Scene 2, Demetrius wants to fight Lysander because they love the same person, Helena. Demetrius gets tired from looking for him and concludes he will find him in the day, “If ever I thy face by daylight see / Now go thy way. Faintness constraineth me / To measure out my...

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