A Midsummer Night's Dream Research Paper

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Love and its Difficulties in A Midsummer Night's Dream In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the theme of love, and the problems love brings complicate the lives of the characters in the play. Throughout the play, different characters often change who they are in love with, whether it be due to a fairy created love potion that the humans in the play do not know about, or a petty argument. This adds the element of suspense to the play, wondering if everything is going to turn out how it is supposed to. Oberon and Titania, Demetrius and Helena, and Hermia and Lysander all go through various difficulties in love, whether it be due to the love potion or another reason. The relationship of Oberon and Titania is the only one that is affected by not only the love potion, but by another reason as well. The fairy Titania was given a young Indian Prince, whilst in India by the princes mother, and both Titania and Oberon want the young boy for themselves for different reasons. Oberon wants to make him a knight, or his "henchman" (Shakespeare Act 2 Scene 1 Lines 120-121) but Titania thinks he is too beautiful to be a knight. The two fairies'…show more content…
Whilst Demetrius was in love with Helena, Lysander was planning to elope with her. Demetrius couldn’t let his love escape him so easily, and almost fought Lysander over the love of Hermia. Demetrius aside, Lysander was put under the affect of the potion himself multiple times. The potion was applied once to fall in love with Helena instead of Hermia, and then once again to fall back in love with Hermia. The first time, it was all a mistake on Puck's part, a mischievous fairy who always jokes around. As the reader, we know that it Puck's doing, but in A Midsummer Night's Dream, they think it was either a dream, or just a cruel joke they are playing on each other. Because of all of the changing of lovers, involving Demetrius
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