This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Challange Of Love In Midsummer Night’s Dream By William Shakespeare

946 words - 4 pages

Four lovers each with his or her own challenge in love, Lysander and Hermia who love each other but may never be together, and Demetrius who loves Hermia and rejects Helena’s truthful devotion. Shakespeare’s writing style is the essence that brings forth the emotions within his works. Throughout a Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, commonplace literary devices are used to emphasize his style of writing. , Shakespeare depicts the theme of love’s difficulty, especially with the use of figurative language, such as metaphor and personification, to show that though complications arise in complex situations, the ability to overcome becomes the true meaning of love. wise
In Act one, scene one, Theseus is forced to solve the problem between Hermia and her father, Egeus. Since Hermia is not interested in marrying the man her father had chosen as she was in love Lysander, her Father seeks the wise Theseus. Theseus, though in the midst of planning his wedding with Hippolyta, takes the time to discuss the issue. He then restricts Hermia’s choices to either a married life with Demetrius or death as a nun. Hermia, then aggravated by the lack of support, implies that she would much rather become a nun than marry Demetrius. Shakespeare’s writing style, in this act, creates personified aspects in the dialogues of characters for exaggeration. For example, when Theseus addressed Hermia’s issue for the first time, he asks her with metaphoric use of her blood relations and also refers to her potential life as a nun as a rose distilled. The exaggeration with metaphors is used to emphasize the potential effects on Hermia and the theme of love’s difficulty. Her fate’s exaggeration with metaphor’s like the jaws of darkness that would swallow her if she did not listen to her father. Thus, Shakespeare’s figurative language shows an important theme of love and Hermia’s fate becomes the effect of its difficulty.
In Act two, scene one, there are specific instances where the theme of love’s struggle is clearly evident with Shakespeare’s use of figurative language, especially metaphor and personification. So, when Titania has her soliloquy, she describes Oberon’s jealousy as the “forgeries of jealousy.” That does not mean that jealousy, an abstract concept, can be forged. But it does imply that the jealousy is personified as a fictitious idea. Further along in her soliloquy, she says that there are “contagious fogs” which simply would not make sense literally, but the actual meaning, figuratively, is that revenge is contagious and so the personification of an object, fog, exaggerates the idea of revenge. Reading the exaggeration then, adds a more compelling idea the difficulty of love between Titania and Oberon. To paraphrase, throughout that same soliloquy, Titania references various problems with the world, including crops rotting, animals being put through pain and even various images of death of cattle. The metaphors...

Find Another Essay On The Challange of Love in Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

821 words - 4 pages “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” by William Shakespeare is a play that offers an interesting insight into the conflicting emotions of the human psyche. Throughout the play Shakespeare uses his settings to provide us insight into human conflict; rational versus the irrational and more emotional characteristics we encounter. The logical, more rational side would be the palace, with its society and rules. The fun yet wild emotional side is

A discussion of villains from the texts Othello, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Hamlet by William Shakespeare

1053 words - 5 pages them. Some of the plays that Shakespeare wrote include the texts Othello, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Hamlet, all which have a villain or protagonist in the story line. In Shakespeare’s play Othello, Iago is the character that causes most of the problems in the play, and can be classified as the villain of the story. Iago is a character that is very jealous of Cassio and Othello because they hold positions that he believes he should

Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Power of Love

1562 words - 6 pages Love is a powerful emotion, capable of turning reasonable people into fools. Out of love, ridiculous emotions arise, like jealousy and desperation. Love can shield us from the truth, narrowing a perspective to solely what the lover wants to see. Though beautiful and inspiring when requited, a love unreturned can be devastating and maddening. In his play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare comically explores the flaws

Love is Evil: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Williams Shakespeare

1142 words - 5 pages “There is no evil angel but Love.” While that specific quote is from one of William Shakespeare’s plays A Midsummer Night’s Dream, love has been the evil mastermind behind several, if not all, of Shakespeare’s infamous tragedies. Take Hamlet for example; the tragedy of Hamlet would not be a tragedy if it were not for anguished love. Feeling, seeing, hearing, and ultimately experiencing love can have multiple effects on a person, or many

The Theme of True Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

1060 words - 4 pages The Theme of True Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare The overriding theme of the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare deals with the nature of love. Though true love seems to be held up as an ideal, false love is mostly what we are shown. Underneath his frantic comedy, Shakespeare seems to be asking the questions all lovers ask in the midst of their confusion: How do we know when love is real? How

The Pursuit of Love in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

792 words - 3 pages Webster’s Dictionary defines love as a feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; preeminent kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love of brothers and sisters. By the end of Shakespeare’s play Midsummer Night’s Dream, it goes without saying that Webster’s Dictionary definition was able to hit this definition head on. Shakespeare is able to paint the perfect picture for this

True Love in A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare

1312 words - 5 pages matter what love will find it’s way but the path to true love never did run smooth so patience is the key. Works Cited Bach, Rebecca Ann. "The Animal Continuum In A Midsummer Night's Dream." Textual Practice 24.1 (2010): 123-147. Academic Search Premier. Web. 21 Apr. 2014. Chopin, Kate. "The Story of an Hour." The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing: Resources for Teaching. By Michael Meyer. 9th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2012. 15-16. Print. Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 1595. Thinking and Writing about Literature. Ed. Michael Meyer. 2nd. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2001. 859-906. Print.

Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

1115 words - 4 pages Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare In midsummer night dream love is portrait in different ways . Many of the characters fall in and out of love with each other. The term lovers is used in the play to mean the four lovers Demetrius, Hermia, Helena and Lysander. They behave as individuals in the play, they also act as a group when they represent the theme of young love. There are different

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare

2374 words - 9 pages often define the “natural man” such as greed or jealousy. With the entire terrible and treacherous thing that Shakespeare makes his villains do, he always manages to make them human in a way. As if he is meaning to display that no matter how twisted a person can be, they are still a person. In Shakespeare’s plays Othello, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the villains share the characteristics of greed, clever and conniving ways, and

Love in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

1308 words - 5 pages force of the play: Hermia and Lysander’s forbidden love and their choice to flee Athens is what sets the plot into motion. Love is also what drives many of the characters, and through readers’ perspectives, their actions may seem strange, even comical to us: from Helena pursuing Demetrius and risking her reputation, to fairy queen Titania falling in love with Bottom. However, all these things are done out of love. In conclusion, A Midsummer Night’s Dream displays the blindness of love and how it greatly contradicts with reason. Works Cited Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night's Dream Ed. Harriet Law. Toronto: Harcourt Canada Ltd, 2000. Print.

Love In A Midsummer Night’s Dream

516 words - 2 pages 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

Similar Essays

Love In A Midsummer Night’s Dream By William Shakespeare

804 words - 4 pages 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

A Midsummer Night’s Dream By William Shakespeare

1429 words - 6 pages William Shakespeare is considered one of the most influential playwrights of all time. Shakespeare has written 37 plays, one of which is considered people’s most favorite play, the comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” A Midsummer Night’s Dream is believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” takes place in Athens in an ancient Greece and is a lighthearted, magical toned play. The play starts with the Duke of

A Midsummer Night’s Dream By William Shakespeare

1117 words - 5 pages A Misummer Night’s Dream is a comedy play written by William Shakespeare. In this play there are multiple themes however the most evident theme is love. Why is love an evident theme? It is an evident theme because the play commences with two Greek mythology characters─ the Duke of Athens, Theseus and Amazon queen Hippolita planning their marriage. However as Theseus plans his marriage he has to help Egeus persuade his daughter Hermia to marry

A Midsummer Night’s Dream By William Shakespeare

1195 words - 5 pages sensitive of others. Love is built on a foundation of trust which can be broken at any time, a thin barrier between formality and chaos. Foolishness is defined as lack of good sense or judgment, putting yourself through all that seems foolish, doesn’t it? True love doesn’t exist in the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. 3 major relationships that are perceived to be true love, that are just plain foolish are Oberon and