Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
In midsummer night dream love is portrait in different ways . Many of
the characters fall in and out of love with each other. The term
lovers is used in the play to mean the four lovers Demetrius, Hermia,
Helena and Lysander.
They behave as individuals in the play, they also act as a group when
they represent the theme of young love.
There are different kinds of love in the play. One of the kinds of
love which is not real love but many people mistake it as is
infatuation or commonly known as lust. This isn't being love with the
other person but in love with one of their characteristics, This can
be shown with the relationship between Demeitrius and Hermia.
Demetrious only wants Hernia for the chase and not for who she is.
Demetrius having thrown over Helena is in love with Hermia. During the
play he has a love - potion put in his eyes which makes him love
Helena again and at the end of the play he marries her.
Demetrius love changes through out the play. At the start of the play
he doesn't love Helena. Act II Scene ii, Demetrius says," I love thee
not, therefore pursue me not" " Hence, get thee gone, and follow me no
more, In act II Demetrius after being juiced begins to love Helena Act
II Scene ii Demetrius says" Lysander, keep thy Hermia, I will none, If
e'er I loved her, all that love is gone. My heart to her but as
guest-wised so journed. And now to Helen is it home returned". This
proves that his love was not real
Another kind of love can be represented as an unrequited relationship.
This can be expressed by Helena and Demetrius. Helena loves Demetrius
with all of her love but he doesn't want her , He says, " I'll run
from thee, and hide me in the brakes, And leave thee to the mercy of
wild beasts." Act II. " Do I entice you? Do I speal you fair? Or
rather do I not in painest truth tell you I do not, nor I cannot love
you" Demetrius clearly illustrates to Helena that he has no interest,
but Helena persists. she says" And even for that do I love you the
more. I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius, The more you beat me, I will
fawn on you. Act II line 220-222" Your virtue is my privilege. For
that it is not night when I do see your face, therefore I think I am
not in the night," .
Helena is unhappy and rejected at the start of the play. She and
Demetrius used to be lovers, but he falls in love with Hermia. She is
a rather unhappy figure throughout the play and even at the end is
unsure about her sudden good fortune, when she marries...