The Pursuit Of Love In Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

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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 play mainly because he is one of the great masters of the English Language.
In the play Midsummer Night’s Dream, the pursuit of love (whether it be true or untrue) is undeniably evident throughout the first two acts. The pursuit of love between Hermia and Lysander becomes more obvious when her father Egeus, commands the Duke of Athens (Theseus) to tell Hermia that she was faced with two choices: either marry Demetrius and be in Egeus’ good favor or to be put to death. Being that this play is a Shakespearian play, she obviously goes against her father’s wishes in hopes of build a life of love on her own with none other than Lysander. Although these two seem to play the lead role when referring to love’s pursuit, characters such as Helena offers up her many desperate attempts in pursing Demetrius’ love, while Demetrius himself engages in a desperate pursuit for the love of Hermia simultaneously.
Furthermore, Lysander and Hermia are the true lovers in the play Midsummer Night’s Dream. The reason the love between both Hermia and Lysander is true is because they both love each other equally. Hermia’s love is mirrored by Lysander’s love in full detail. True love is not a one way street. True love is not one person loving another person more the significant other.
In contrast, Just as Hermia and Lysander’s love is the truest of the true, Demetrius’ love for Hermia is the very opposite. It is actually true love’s polar end, for an example. Although he tries with all his might to win the love of Hermia, his greatest efforts are not good enough to satisfy her needs nor strokes her interest. The same can be said for, however, when referring to Helena pathetic attempts to win the heart of the one she wants; that one is none other than Demetrius. When Helena in informed of...

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