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Transcript of True Love
The Catholic theme of true love, exemplified by the Corinthians quote, is present throughout both George Orwell's '1984', and William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare
The novel '1984' portrays the prominent theme of power versus true love, as Winston and Julia struggle to develop a romantic relationship amongst their controlling society. The Party's goal is to abolish any love or loyalty which is not directed towards Big Brother; by changing the
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dynamics between families, as well as romantic partners. This creates a major conflict throughout the novel, as Winston and Julia must struggle to keep their relationship a secret, to avoid severe retribution.
“But you could not have pure love or pure lust nowadays. No emotion was pure, because everything was mixed up with fear and hatred. Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act.” (Orwell, 72)
"Sometimes,’ she said, ’they threaten you with something something you can’t stand up to, can’t even think about. And then you say, ”Don’t do it to me, do it to somebody else, do it to So-and-so.” And perhaps you might pretend, afterwards, that it was only a trick and that you just said it to make them stop and didn’t really mean it. But that isn’t true. At the time when it happens you do mean it. You think there’s no other way of saving yourself, and you’re quite ready to save yourself that way. You want it to happen to the other person. You don’t give a damn what they suﬀer. All you care about is yourself.’... ’And after that, you don’t feel the same towards the other person any longer.’ (Orwell, 169-170)
The novel 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' portrays the prominent theme of true love and it's misconceptions. The main characters face many confusing obstacles, but in the end, true love conquers all. The play has an uplifting atmosphere, as Shakespeare
"I don’t mean confessing. Confession is not betrayal. What you say or do doesn’t matter: only feelings matter. If they could make me stop loving you — that would be the real betrayal."
She thought it over. ’They can’t do that,’ she said ﬁnally. ’It’s the one thing they can’t do. They can make you say anything — anything — but they can’t make you believe it. They can’t get inside you.’" (Orwell, 97)
uses humor and magic to lighten the tone. The contrasting characters also helped to add dimension, as even the silly characters found love.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away."
“The course of true love never
did run smooth.” (1.1.134)
"Things base and vile, holding no quantity,
Love can transpose to form and dignity."
" I’ll follow thee and make a heaven of hell,
To die upon the hand I love so well."
Fair lovers, you are fortunately met.
Of this discourse we more will hear anon.
Egeus, I will overbear your will.
For in the temple by and by with us
These couples shall eternally be knit
Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet
Are of imagination all compact. (5.1.4-8)
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"She was a bold-looking girl, of about twenty-seven, with thick hair, a freckled face, and swift, athletic movements. A narrow scarlet sash, emblem of the Junior Anti-Sex League, was wound several times round the waist of her overalls, just tightly enough to bring out the shapeliness of her hips. Winston had disliked her from the very ﬁrst moment of seeing her. He knew the reason. It was because of the atmosphere of ... general clean-mindedness which she managed to carry about with her. " (Orwell, 5)
"What happens to you here is for ever. Understand that in advance. We shall crush you down to the point from which there is no coming back. Things will happen to you from which you could not recover, if you lived a thousand years. Never again will you be capable of ordinary human feeling. Everything will be dead inside you. Never again will you be capable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage, or integrity. You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty, and then we shall ﬁll you with ourselves." (Orwell, 148)
"He had told them everything he knew about her, her habits, her character, her past life; he had confessed [everything] in the most trivial detail... And yet, in the sense in which he intended the word, he had not betrayed her. He had not stopped loving her; his feelings towards her had remained the same." (Orwell, 158)
The first time that Winston saw Julia, he immediately disliked her not only because she's pretty and he can't be with her, but also because her purity represented orthodoxy. Winston was desperate for love and rebellion, though he had to keep this a secret, as the Party is very controlling. He later suspected that Julia was a member of the thought police, and even briefly considered killing her to cover his tracks and to spite the party. Although he was attracted to Julia, he remained intimidated by her until she made the bold first move of giving him a love letter. They proceeded to meet in private, as their love affair developed into a relationship.
Although Winston and Julia are attracted to each other, and enjoy being together, their relationship began as a method of rebelling against the Party. Winston even tells Julia that the more men she has slept with, the more he wants to be with her, as it makes their romance even more unorthodox. Their relationship is as much about love as it is about control and power. By having an 'illegal' romantic relationship, they have temporarily outsmarted the Party, and found another person with whom they could discuss their negative views regarding the Party.
During the torture sessions, O'Brien warned Winston that he will never be the same, as he will no longer have the capability of human feelings. In the Ministry of Love, the torture was so excruciatingly unbearable that the Party had the ability to reform Winston's thought process. Winston found this news alarming, though he did not yet believe that they were capable of ending his love for Julia.
Winston eventually betrayed Julia when faced with his biggest fear; rats. He realized that the only way to avoid having a cage of rats strapped to his head was to suggest that they do it to Julia instead. In this moment, Winston realized that they have broken him, as he truly meant those words. After being released, Winston and Julia bumped into each other in a coffee shop. They both agreed that after their experiences in the Ministry of Love, they could never feel the same about each other.
After reading Goldstein's book, Winston and Julia discussed what they believed to be true betrayal. They decided that, regardless of what they confess about one another, the Party cannot force them to stop loving each other; which would be the only true betrayal. Little did they know that they would soon have to put their love to the test, as they were being spied on at that very moment, and were about to be interrupted by the thought police.
As Winston and Julia had predicted, Winston confessed every incriminating aspect of Julia's life, yet still remained faithful to her, as his love was not tarnished. He had not yet betrayed her, though O'Brien understood this, and the torture was still far from over.
Lysander says this quotation to soothe Hermia, as she is upset that her father has forbidden their love. He says that true love is always faced by seemingly insurmountable difficulties, and proceeds to provide multiple examples. Hermia then adds that lovers must persevere, as these difficulties are a small price to pay in order to obtain romantic bliss. This foreshadows the play’s exploration of love’s difficulties and the happy ending provided for those who persevere their true love.
Helena speaks these lines as she marvels about the irrational nature of love. This quote is extremely important to the play’s overall presentation of love, which is unexplainable and exceptionally powerful. Helena is confused by the fact that her beloved Demetrius is in love with Hermia and not her, even though she feels that she is just as beautiful as Hermia. She believes that love has the power to make worthless qualities beautiful, because love changes the
of their beloved.
Helena says this quote to herself after Demetrius has left her alone in the forest. She is so desperately in love with him that even though he has turned her down numerous times and now threatened her; she is still delighted to be in his presence. She goes on to say that she would be willing to die for him, or even be killed by him, as she wouldn't mind being killed by someone she loves so much. This exemplifies unconditional love, as Demetrius's faults make
her love him even more.
After the Athenian youths have been discovered in the forest, Theseus declares that they shall all get married together, and dismisses Egeus's protests. None of the adults understand how the four youths have worked out the confusion, yet, nevertheless, they are happily paired off. This portrays Shakespeare's message that though true lovers will struggle through the jealousy and confusion, and it will all work out in the end.
In this quote, Theseus is speaking to Hippolyta, explaining his feeling that lovers are just as crazy as lunatics. He also thinks that those in love are ruled by their overactive imaginations, and act irrationally. This is a very good summary of the events which occurred in the forest, as although there was a happy ending, the events leading up to it were very deceptive and confusing.
Throughout my presentation, I created contrasting tones between the two novels, while incorporating one theme; true love. This was done in an effort to reflect the atmosphere of both novels, as they each portrayed true love in a different way. '1984' told a tragic story of true love's endurance, and eventual termination, due to extreme circumstances. In contrast, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' exemplified a cheery and humerous depiction of true love, with a happy ending.
With that in mind, I chose the 'Titanic' theme song for the background music, as it incorporated both the hopeful and tragic aspects of love. Similarly, the videos I chose represented the tone of the corresponding novel; the '1984' video is dramatic and haunting, while the 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' video was both silly and cute.
I chose quotes for my essay which I felt demonstrated the theme of true love, as well as the complications that come with it. The images at the beginning of my presentation introduced the theme of love, with a montage of generic photos, as well as two directly linked to the novels.