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Love In A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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True love’s path is paved with every step. Through the assistance of fanciful elements as well as characters Puck and Oberon, the true message of love in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is revealed. The four lovers know the direction in which their hearts are inclined to turn, but when the love potion is administered, the bounds of their rectangle are thrashed without knowledge or consent. The rapid shifts in affection between the play’s “four lovers” is representative of the idea that love isn’t a conscious choice, but a cruel game in which we are the figurines, being controlled by whomever the player may be, relating the characters’ karmic fates.
In the beginning Helena vouches to be madly in love with Demetrius although his adoration lies with another (Hermia). Demetrius’ passionate hate for his admirer isn’t in the least hidden, scorning her with the harsh truth: “ Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair?/Or rather do I not in plainest truth/Tell you I do not, nor cannot love you?” (II.i. 199-201). Words from the heart, told before threatening to rape and abandon her in the woods. He states very clearly that he cannot possibly love her, Shakespeare makes a point to enforce this solid view. Yet after being influenced by the love potion, Demetrius completely reverses the stand he so fervently took. He then begins to refer to the once revolting Helena as being... “ […] godess, nymph, perfect, divine!” (III.ii. 137). Could this alteration in devotion be a metaphorical transference by...

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