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Themes of Love and Identity in A Midsummer Nights Dream

Shakespeare
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Alex Bohnet

on 18 April 2011

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Transcript of Themes of Love and Identity in A Midsummer Nights Dream

Themes of Love and Identity In a Midsummer Nights Dream LOVE IDENTITY Romantic love appears in several different ways in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Hermia and Lysander show young love, while Helena's love is desperate. Demetrius' love is fickle. Theseus gains his "love," Hippolyta, as a trophy of war. Titania and Oberon, married for ages, Conflict pain and trickery on each other all the time. There is no legitamit definition of love that suits all of the characters, the romantic relationships in this play all comply to one simple rule laid out by Lysander in Act I—the course of true love does not run smooth. Love can transpose to form and dignity.
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind.
Nor hath love's mind of any judgment taste;
Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste:
And therefore is love said to be a child,
Because in choice he is so oft beguil'd Midsummer Night's Dream is, on the surface, a casual and comical play about Couples who chase each other, fairies who confound these Couples before setting everything right at the end. But beneath the surface there is a disturbing commentary on the state of identity and free will throughout the play; more specifically, we are concerned with the identity of the Couples in regards to the objects of their affections and how easily the objects are manipulated by Puck. “Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” This book demonstrates the complications that come with love and the consiquences that can do with your identity. In the story, Puck puts a love potion on Titania's eyes and she "falls" in love with Bottom. Pyramus and Thisbe, and are able to enjoy and laugh at it. Hermia and Lysander are both oblivious to the dark side of their love and are totally unaware of what may have come of the events in the forest. In the forest, both couples are having problems. Hermia and Lysander are both met by Puck, who provides some comic relief in the play by amazing the four people in the forest. It is the fight between Oberon and Titania, based on a lack of recognition for the other in the relationship, that drives the rest of the drama in the story and makes it dangerous for any of the other couples to come together due to the disturbance of Nature caused by a fairy dispute. Similarly, this failure to identify and make distinction is what leads Puck to mistake one set of couples for another in the forest and place the love potion on Lysander's eyes instead of Demetrius'. Love Potion Love Puck Titania Bottom Fairies Alls fair in love and war
-John Lyly Oberon Titania and Bottom Titania and Bottom Titania and Bottom 1. Who did Puck give the
love potion to? 2. What sparked the fear of
relationships between the fairies? a) Oberon and Titania's breakup b) Puck c) Oberon and Titania's fights d) Embarrassment and guilt a) Oberon b) Bottom c) Titania d) Demetrius Who is in love with who?

Hermia- Lysander
Lysander- Hermia and Helena
Helena- Demetrius
Demetrius- Hermia and Helena
Hermia- Lysander Who's who?

Thesus- Duke of Athens and engaged to Hippolyta
Hippolyta- Queen of Amazons and engaged to Thesus
Egeus- Father of Hermia (wants Hermia to marry Demetrius)
Philostrate- Master of the Revels for Thesus
Oberon- King of fairies and married to Titania
Titania- Queen of fairies and married to Oberon
Puck- Oberon's servant
Who is Thesus engaged to? a) Titania b) Helena c) Hippolyta d) Hermia 4. Why do Oberon and Titania fight? 5. Who gave Bottom his donkey head? Thanks for watching
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