Essay on Passion in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Shakespearian Passion

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play full of many instances of Shakespearian Passion. These instances consist of passion for revenge, love, and magic through different characters throughout the play.

Lysander displayed a passion for love by expressing his love for Hermia to Demetrius by saying “You have her father’s love, Demetrius. Let me have Hermia’s. Do you marry him.” (I.i.93+94) and he said this because Demetrius wanted Lysander to stop acting like Hermia was his. He then later on showed his passion when he fought with Egeus’s daughter. Here Egeus took ownership over his daughter and refused to give his daughter to Lysander and so he said “I am, my lord, as well derived as he, As well possess’d; my love is more than his;” (I.i.99+100) which shows him proving himself to Egeus better then Demetrius. The last instance of passion displayed by Lysander is when he was worried about Hermia fainting after wandering in the woods for a long time. Lysander decided to take a rest and so Hermia was trying to find a cushion when he said “One turf shall serve as pillow for us both. One heart, one bed, two bosoms, and one troth.” (II.ii.41+42) which shows his passion is so strong that he believes he and Hermia is one person. All these instances of passion for love are significant to the play because without it the reader would not understand the amount of emotion behind these characters such as Lysander. It also helps the reader actually absorb the emotions and become the character in the play.

I addition, Oberon displayed a passion for revenge when he is eger to obtain the juice from the flower and wants use it on Titania. Oberon is planned to use it and said “I’ll watch Titania when she is asleep And drop th…

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…n topples she,” (II.i.51-53). Here Puck is talking about the magical things he does with passion because he enjoys it; like when he takes the shape of a three legged chair and moves when someone tries to sit on him. Another instance is when he said “I am feared in field and town.” Here is talking about how through his magical powers the people in the town now fear him. These few instances are significant to the play because they give the play a feel of fantasy. With the intence passion of Love and Revenge, this magical passion really adds the enjoyment which will keep the reader attracted.

In conclusion, the book A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play full of different types of passion. This includes passion for revenge, love, and magic. A mixture of these three passion keeps the play attracted by the reader and creates a great balance of mixed emotion and attributes.

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