Theme Of Love In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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In William Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, he introduces two groups of lovers. Both groups of lovers encounter discouraging obstacles, but never stray away from one another. Hermia and Lysander love each other; however, her father wants her to marry Demetrius. On the other hand, Helena loves Demetrius; although, he does not love her. When Lysander tells Hermia, “The course of true love never did run smooth” (1.1.134) he is conveying the central theme of the play. To begin with, the first set of lovers with complications presented are Hermia and Lysander. Hermia and Lysander love eachother, but her father does not want her to marry Lysander. Hermia has the choice to marry Demetrius, her father’s choice of a lover, become a sister, or be killed. “As she is mine, I may dispose of her— Which shall be either to this gentleman Or to her death—according to our law Immediately provided in that case,” (1.1.43). This proves that Hermia does not have an easy choice. Hermia’s…show more content…
Hermia and Lysander, and Helena and Demetrius are finally in place with their love. Although Hermia and Lysander are back loving one another, her father still does not approve of her love. Also since Demetrius loves Helena now, he does not want to marry Hermia anymore. Then Hermia’s father, Hippolyta, and Theseus find the lovers asleep in the forest. It happens to be the day that Hermia must make her decision of love. Lysander tells them, “But as I think—for truly would I speak, And now do I bethink me, so it is— I came with Hermia hither. Our intent Was to be gone from Athens, where we might, Without the peril of the Athenian law—,” (4.1.136). This infuriates Hermia’s father, and he states, “Enough, enough, my lord. You have enough! I beg the law, the law, upon his head.—,” (4.1.141). This creates a critical argument between the group, further complicating their course of true

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