William Shakespeare ‘s A Midsummer Nights Dream And Othello Essay

In a vast majority of William Shakespeare ‘s plays love in its multiple forms is a prominent theme but it is romantic love that takes the main role in both A Midsummer Nights Dream and Othello. However in both these mentioned plays, romantic love is portrayed in very different ways, which shouldn ‘t seem too odd given that the two play are at different end of the spectrum, one being a comedy and the other being a tragedy. Yes, of course, some of the love stories in these plays have their similarities but the end results are so drastically different that it is hard to even imagine that these love stories are ultimately the same. Despite some stints of manipulation from outside sources the love displayed in A Midsummer Nights Dream, for the most part, is portrayed as softer, brighter. On the other hand, while not so much in the beginning, the story of Othello shows the more passionate, dangerous and ultimately destructive nature of love.

In A Midsummer Nights Dream as said earlier, the focus is on the more tender and brighter side of love, the type of love that most of the time will have a happy ending. The prime example of this type of love can be found with the characters of Hermia and Lysander. Their clear and unquestionable devotion to each other, excluding the period of outside influence where feelings were artificially altered by the meddling ways of Puck and Oberon. Lysander ‘s unwavering love, even in the disapproving face of Hermia ‘s father Egeus and the Duke of Athens, Theseus and despite the threat of Demetrius and Egeus ‘s prefrence for said man and his wish for Hermia to marry him and not Lysander, despite Hermia ‘s protests. ‘I am, my lord, as well deriv ‘d as he, As well possess ‘d: my love is more than his…I am …

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…nd, the end result being that the love in A Midsummer Nights Dream is a completely idealized version of love with airs and graces and happy endings, a version that for the most part can only be imagined. However the love story in Othello, while Othello has his imaginings of how life will be and of Desdemona, her virtue and devotion to him, a lot of which is personified in the handkerchief in which Othello gives Desdemona and she subsequently loses, it all comes crashing down and gives a more lifelike feel to the story as a whole as love is known to not always have a happy ending and the idealized is not always obtained, instead the realistic happens and the love story falls apart like so many do. Shakespeare seems to go out of his way to show the idealized nature of love but also how dangerous it can be in the wrong hands and the carnage that it can leave in its wake.

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