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Love Lines An Assessment Of Famous Love Lines From ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

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Love, what is it? That funny feeling you get around a certain person, is that love? Most people don’t. They believe its got something to do with drinks on a late Saturday nights. But this only seems to be the modern definition for the term ‘love’. The farther back you seem to go in time, the purer the feeling and definition seem to become. Like in Shakespeare’s time, the time of Romeo and Juliet, when love was complicated, but pure and sweet. In another of Shakespeare’s plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, there is a line that has become famous. It states, ‘ The course of true love never did run smooth,”. This quote is true to this play for three distinct reasons:(1) Oberon drugged his wife in her sleep,(2) Demetrius didn’t love Helena in the beginning, (3) there was great confusion of who love who.
The first reason that line connects with A Midsummer Night’s Dream is because Oberon drugged his wife in her sleep. She had started to care for a young page, this had confused and angered Oberon. Why should this boy be given all of his wife attention? So he asked a favor of the prankster Puck. He asks on page 56, act 2, scene 1, lines 173-174,”Fetch me this herb, and be thou here again ere the leviathan can sim a league.” Here he is asking Puck to go and fetch him a plant that will drug his wife and make her love the first living creatures she sees when she awakens from slumber. He doesn’t do this because he hates her, infact he does it because he loves her. In the course of true love ran smoothly through life then this situation would be a problem or just never would have arisen.
The second reason that quote from A Midsummer Night’s Dream connect so well with that play is because Demetrius didn’t love Helena in the beginning. Oh, Helena did love Demetrius, she talks frequently of this. He just loved Hermia. Poor...

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