Have you ever wanted something very much but then your conscience told you that it wasn’t right and you could not have it? This is an example of the critical lens, psychoanalytical lens. When you want something to an extent that you would do anything to get it, this is your ID, the part of your brain that goes off of its first instinct. Then, your inner “good side” kicks in and tells you that it would not be right for you to have this, and this is your super-ego, it tells you the right thing to do. However, there may be a compromise between the two, known as the ego. There are many situations in the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which show ID, Ego, and Super-Ego. In each of these incidents the characters display a thorough example of the psychoanalytical.
There are several situations in which the ID lens is shown by the characters in the play. Oberon, the fairy king, decided to help Helena because he noticed her love for Demetrius was only one-sided. He sent Puck as a messenger off into the forest to put the magical flower juice on Demetrius’ eyelids so he would fall in love with Helena. However, when Puck found himself in the forest, he located the wrong Athenian man believing he was Demetrius and poured the juice on the sleeping man’s eyelids. It is later found out that the man who Puck assumed was Demetrius, was actually Lysander. Just as he was about to put the magical substance upon Lysander’s eyes, Puck stated,
Weeds of Athens he doth wear!
This is he, my master said,
Despised Athenian maid.
And here the maiden, sleeping sound
On the dank and dirty ground.
Pretty soul, she durst not lie
Near this lack-love, this kill-courtesy.--- (2.2.71-77).
This quote implies how Puck trusted himself and decided to put the juice on Lysander’s eyes because he did not stop to think about whether it was actually Demetrius or not. He was very angry and frustrated with Demetrius’...