Contrast in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare Essay

The concept of contrast plays an important role throughout Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare provides many examples of contrast signifying it as a motif. He groups the ideas of contrast together into those of some of the most important roles in the play. Helena is portrayed as tall and Hermia is short. Titania is a beautiful fairy who falls in love with Bottom, who is portrayed as graceless. Moreover, the main sets of characters even have differences. Fairies are graceful and magical creatures, yet tradesmen are clumsy and mortal. Additionally, the tradesmen are always overjoyed while the lovers are always serious with their emotions. Contrast layers throughout the whole play, as examples are shown in nearly every scene. Contrast becomes a constant, important motif to Shakespeare’s playwrite.

To emphasize, in Act III, the reader is presented with the play’s most extraordinary contrast, the relationship between Titania and Bottom. “What wakes me from my flow’ry bed?” (III.i.131). Titania is awoken by the so-called melodic singing of Bottom. In the present scene, both characters are under some particular sort of spell. Titania’s eyes were anointed with the nectar of the love flower, thus causing her to fall in love with the next living thing she encounters. In the meantime, Puck pulled a prank on Bottom, turning his head into that of an ass. Both characters of the play are interpreted as complete opposites. Titania, characterized as the beautiful, graceful fairy queen; Bottom is portrayed as overdramatic, self centered, and as of now, not keen on the eyes. However, the love nectar never fails and seems to bring the two into a state of lust. The contrast between the two is overwhelming. An important scene in the pl…

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…d lust. All they see is blurred people around them, the spell they are under makes them so heavily in love they are not willing to focus on their surroundings. Nothing will get in the way of their determination for love. The blurred beast-looking object resembles Bottom through Titania’s eyes. As an elegant creature (fairy), Titania would not infatuate herself with such a creature as Bottom and his ass head. Instead, the fact that she is drowned out of reality with the love potion cancels out Titania’s desire for physical attraction. The characters become too infatuated with the idea of lust towards a specific person and are unable to come to reality. Throughout Act III, the characters become lost in their reality and their personal emotions. The Lovers’ vision becomes blurry and the reality is not relevant, they only seek lust from the next blur they lay eyes on.

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