Different Aspects of Love Presented in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Lysander + Hermia = True love? Sexual Attraction (Lust)
Titania + Oberon = Love or hate (Married)
Helena + Demetrius = One sided (Unrequited)
Hippolyta + Theseus = Stable Love (Mutual love and respect)
Titania + Bottom = Unrequited and magical (fake)
Egeus + Hermia = Family – Father and daughter
Titania + Boy = Family – Mother and son
A remarkable aspect of “A midsummer nights dream” is that it contains
a play within a play. Two themes present in many of Shakespeare’s
plays, the struggle of men to dominate women and the conflict between
father and daughter, form a large part of the dramatic content of “A
midsummer nights dream”.
This is a very imaginative play and many supernatural powers are
included, which helps strengthen the play and grasp a better
understanding of the plot and qualities of the characters. “A
midsummer nights dream” includes a comedy of situations and
confusions, which are further complicated by a group of fairies
interfering and interacting with human beings.
In the play “A midsummer nights dream”, love is an important concept.
William Shakespeare examines the mismanagement of love in a variety of
levels in his great play “A midsummer nights dream”. The story of “A
midsummer nights dream” was essentially about love and its
In the play, William Shakespeare tried to show that love is
unpredictable, unreasonable, and at times is blind. The theme of love
was constantly use…
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…d going to elope he follows them.
This shows that Demetrius loves Hermia but she is not in love with
Then there’s Helena who loves Demetrius, and whom Demetrius once
loved. Since Demetrius does not love Helena, she attempts to make him
fall in love with her again.
This explains the fact that Helena is desperate for his love, and
she’ll go to any length to obtain it.
Theseus gains his love, Hippolyta, as a trophy of war. Titania and
Oberon, married for ages, inflict pain and trickery on each other
regularly. While there is no one common definition of love that suits
all of the characters, the romantic relationships in this play all
comply to one simple rule laid out by Lysander, “Ay me, for aught that
I could ever read, could ever hear by tale or history, the course of
true love never did run smooth”.