An Assessment of the similarities between Romeo and Juliet and Midnight Summer’s Dream

Shakespeare was an amazing, exhilarating author. After all, not many authors can pull off what he did. Not even close. He was able to write stories with such great emotional content and literature value but he had a secret. If you carefully read the many plays of Shakespeare, you begin to see something. Something peculiar and amazing. Shakespeare often uses the same basic story line over and over. Take Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night’s Dream for example. There are distinct similarities between Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night’s Dream in the first three acts, these are: (1) Act one of both plays, every character is certain of their love for another person, (2) in the second act, someone is trying to make someone forget their love for a certain person, (3) but in the third act of both plays, problems explode everywhere.

In the beginning of the first act of both the plays Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night’s Dream the characters are sure of their love for a certain person. In Romeo and Juliet This is shown by Romeo. All throughout act Romeo is melancholy because of the girl who he is absolutely sure he loves. Her name is Rosaline. Romeo expresses he love for her in act 1, scene 1, line 200, “ In sadness, cousin, I do love a woman.” This shows it, Romeo is sure of his love. But in Midsummer Night’s Dream, its not just one person who is sure of their love, but four. Hermia and Lysander love each other, but another loves Hermia, his name is Demetrius and there is someone who loves him, her name is Helena. Their love triangle, though it is complex is shown in Act 1, Scene 1 of Midsummer Night’s Dream.When Hermia’s father, Egeus says (page 22, lines 27 and 29),” This man (Demetrius) hath my consent to marry her (Hermia) . . ….

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…g, promising his love to Helena. He truly thought he loved her. But the problems only escalated from there.

Shakespeare likes to use the same basic story line or parallel story line in his writing. This was shown in both of these plays. He seems to just write one and then use it to write the next play, but each play is still so different and intriguing. After all, they play with one’s emotions. Clearly there are remarkable similarities between Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night’s Dream.These are:(1) Act one of both plays, every character is certain of their love for another person, (2) in the second act, someone is trying to make someone forget their love for a certain person, (3) but in the third act of both plays, problems explode everywhere.

Works Cited

Shakespeare Made Easy: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Prentice Hall Literature Volume Two Common Core Edition

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