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Love In A Midsummer Night’s Dream By William Shakespeare

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What is the real definition of love? Many people have different interpretations of the small yet powerful word. However, in William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream the definition becomes rather twisted. Pure and real love does exist within the characters but is all of the love at the end of this play authentic? Love exists in A Midsummer Night’s dream before Oberon and Puck sets magic upon others which then causes some of the true love to instantly disappear. The feeling of love in the poem is both real and fake.

In the beginning of Shakespeare’s play a man names Egeus wishes for his daughter Hermia to wed with Demetrius. However, Hermia and another man Lysander are ...view middle of the document...

Before departing Hermia informs her childhood friend Helena about their plans to flee Athens. Helena decides to inform Demetrius about his soon to be brides plans in hopes of winning her man back. However her plan backfires and Demetrius chases after the two running away and Helena too follows. It’s apparent that Demetrius’s love for Hermia is actually sincere.

Later in the woods, the king and queen of the fairies are introduced. Despite their arguments you can infer that the two Oberon and Titania are madly in love proving that true love does exist within the play. The fairies king and queen live in the forest where Lysander and Hermia are traveling through to reach freedom. This is when Puck, Oberon’s jester, comes across the characters from Athens. Puck then mistakes the young Athenians, applying the love potion to Lysander rather than Demetrius, thereby causing chaos among the group. At this point in the play Puck has caused both Demetrius and Lysander to fall in love with Hermia. Their love for her was solely due to magic causing the love to be a complete lie.

Towards the end of the play, Puck proceeds to fix his mistake and makes Lysander fall back into love with Hermia. Nonetheless, Puck left Demetrius under the...

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