A Midsummer Night's Dream Essay

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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Essay

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, is generally thought of as a comical romance. A very important factor that makes the whole play a comedy, is magic, which is used to affect the lives of four Athenians: Hermia, Lysander, Helena and Demetrius. Bottom, also a simple human, falls victim of the fairies’ mischievous magic. The magic reaches these characters by Puck, a naughty fairy, and Oberon, the king of fairies. Puck decides to cast a spell on Bottom, making him grow a donkey head, and Oberon decides to cast a spell on Titania, making her fall in love with Bottom. From a simple mistaken spell, a rollercoaster of emotions, conflicts and laughter emerge. Magic is
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The theme of magic is also portrayed through another couple: Lysander and Hermia. These two lovebirds have always been in love with each other, so much that they decided to elope one day and get married in the woods without anyone knowing. Lysander had a strong love for Hermia, but a love potion was accidentally placed on his eyes causing him to fall in love with Helena and started having a strong dislike towards Hermia. Hermia and Lysander’s relationship represents true love. The course of their love doesn’t run smooth, as stated by Lysander “The course of true love never did run smooth.” (1-1 ll.134). One of the reasons for this situation was Hermia’s father, Egeus. By law Egeus has power over her and what he wants for is daughter is what must happen. Hermia and Lysander's determination brings the two through, again supporting true love as strong. Egeus and the Athenian Law are both obstacles that result in their relationship not running smoothly. True love is mutual, and their decision to elope is also a mutual decision, this seems rash and could imply their love to be passionate. However, their decision to reveal their plan to Helena was foolish and illogical; this shows Hermia and Lysander's love to be young, fun and secretive, though they are

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