William Shakespeare, a creative literary artist, impacted his audience with the essence of love. Based on his play, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Lysander a main character explicitly states, "The course of love never runs smooth," expressing an opinion easily relatable to the modern generation. The story of an hour, written by Kate Chopin, is another literary work that easily expresses the same theme. With this in mind, both works revolve around the aspect of love and it's challenges that some May or may not overcome. Love is much more than an emotion, it's another world, another life that overcomes oneself into something unknown.
The story starts with a fight about love. Egeus, who is Hermia’s father, does not want Hermia to be in love or with Lysander at all. Egeus wants his daughter to be with Demetrius who is in love with Hermia, but Hermia does not love him. Egeus goes to Theseus who is the Duke of Athens. Egeus tells him about the situation, and of course the Duke will go with Egeus side since he is the father of Hermia and he decides what she should do. Now Hermia is stuck with marrying Demetrius, becoming a nun, or being put to death. Hermia and Lysander decide to run away in the woods where there are no rules and where nothing can stop them from being in love. Hermia trusting Helena, who is her best friend with the secret she tells her. Helena is in love with Demetrius. She goes to tell Demetrius that Hermia has decided to run to the woods in hopes Demetrius would take her back.
A main portion of Shakespeare’s play takes place in a magical Forrest. Although is seems a bit far fetched, true magic arises from it's deepest parts. The Fairy King, Oberon, alters love, the strongest kind of magic. With his mischievous doings, Lysander and Hermia’s love, at first growing strong, begins to crumble. The Forrest was the sanctuary for Lysander and Hermia to escape to and proclaim their love to one another. Through mistake, a magic potion is brought upon Lysander and his love for Hermia transforms into love for Helena.
“I pray you, though you mock me, gentlemen,
Let her not hurt me: I was never curst;
I have no gift at all in shrewishness;
I am a right maid for my cowardice:
Let her not strike me. You perhaps may think,
Because she is something lower than myself,
That I can match her.”
(III, 2, 300-306)
When the potion is brought upon Lysander it is also brought upon Demetrius who is in search of Hermia in the woods. Now Demetrius is also in love with Helena. Helena now confused as to why is this happening to her, and why is it two of the men that love Hermia now all of a sudden they are in love with her. Love in this case is a series of circles that this magically setting causes.
Lysander is one the bravest lovers to ever be, and he says, “The course of true love never did run smooth” (I,i, 135). Throughout the play Lysander is trying to be with Hermia but there is always something that gets in the way. From the beginning, Lysander is...