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A Midsummer Night's Dream

English FSE

Helen Zhang

on 24 January 2013

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Transcript of A Midsummer Night's Dream

True Love A Midsummer Night's Dream Love Love is a main theme in A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is the reason for most of the plot line. Although most of the love in this play is not true love but infatuation upon entering the dream-like world of the forest, 'love' is still present throughout this play. Shakespeare represents love as something that is inconsistent and easily changed, in this case by use of the love potion from the special flower.
"The course of true love never did run smooth." (1. 1. 134).
Spoken by Lysander, this is a very famous quote from A Midsummer Night's Dream. This quote describes the entire play, as all of the characters troubles and confusion are for the one goal of true love. Jealousy and Anger Love Potion Flower The Lovers The lovers, Hermia, Lysander, Helena, and Demetrius have a very complicated relationship in the beginning of the play, but by the end, all their problems are sorted out and they get married. Infatuation "Lord, what fools these mortals be!" (3. 2. 115)
Comments Puck as he watches the lovers' ridiculous actions. This is one of the most famous quotes from A Midsummer Night's Dream because of it's humor and it's relation to the plot. This quotes describes the craziness with the lovers, and how humans in general may do things otherwise considered bizarre in the pursuit of what they believe to be love. This quote also shows the difference between the fairies and the humans - Puck, a fairy, is amazed at the human lovers because they have become so absorbed in their attempts at love that they have become very confused, whereas the fairies such as himself are far more relaxed and mischievous. Lord, what fools these mortals be! "O Helena, goddess, nymph, perfect, divine! To what, my love, shall I compare thine eyne?
Crystal is muddy. Oh, how ripe in show. Thy lips, those kissing cherries, tempting grow!
That pure congealed white, high Taurus' snow, Fanned with the eastern wind, turns to a crow.
When thou hold’st up thy hand. Oh, let me kiss. This princess of pure white, this seal of bliss!"
(3. 2. 137)
These are words Demetrius says to Helena upon waking up with the love potion on his eyes. He suddenly falls madly in love with her, although earlier he made it clear that he didn't care about her and told her to leave him alone or else.
This quote shows how much the love potion can change people and how love is changeable and unpredictable even in real life. The way the potion causes people to fall in love instantly could also represent 'love at first sight'.
This infatuation wears off after the antidote is given, this is Shakespeare saying that sometimes when we look back a past love or infatuation, it may feel like it was all a dream, just as the lovers felt it was. Oberon describes the flower love potion's effects to
Puck. The effects of this flower caused the lovers to run around chasing each other foolishly around the forest.
And also caused Titania, the Queen of Fairies, to
fall in love with Bottom, who had
a donkey's head Oberon and Titania
Theseus and Hippolyta The End As the story goes on and the lovers become affected by the love potion, both men fall in love with Helena. This causes Hermia to become furious with jealousy. Over the course of one night, two men that loved her suddenly hated her and loved Helena instead. While Hermia is angry, she wants to attack Helena, showing that jealousy can cause people to do and say things the otherwise would not Hermia Lysander Helena Demetrius "The juice of it on sleeping eye-lids laid
Will make or man or woman madly dote
Upon the next live creature that it sees." (2. 1. 170) This special flower has supposedly been shot by cupid's bow, it has the ability to make someone fall madly in love with the next living being they see when it is
applied to their sleeping eyes. These two couples are both kings and queens, but compared to the lovers, there is much less 'love' between them. "Hippolyta, I wooed thee with my sword, And won thy love doing thee injuries.
But I will wed thee in another key, With pomp, with triumph, and with reveling." (1. 1. 16) Theseus speaks to Hippolyta about love, but saying that he will marry her with 'triumph' makes it seem more like he's showing off a prize that he won rather than showing his love for her. "Well, go thy way. Thou shalt not from this grove till I torment thee for this injury."
(2. 1. 146) Oberon directs this to Titania. These are clearly not words you would say to someone you love, much less someone you are married to. This quote makes it clear that Oberon does not love Titania, and uses the love potion to embarrass her and get what he wants. These quotes show that these couples, unlike the lovers, do not care for each other and are not in love
like married couples usually are. Relationship Chart Jealousy is present throughout this play. In the beginning, Helena is jealous of Hermia because she loves Demetrius, but Demetrius loves Hermia and not her. Helena is so infatuated with Demetrius that she says that she would give the world to be Hermia so that Demetrius would love her. "Call you me “fair”? That “fair” again unsay. Demetrius loves your fair. O happy fair!
Your eyes are lodestars, and your tongue’s sweet air, More tunable than lark to shepherd’s ear
When wheat is green, when hawthorn buds appear.
Sickness is catching. Oh, were favor so, Yours would I catch, fair Hermia, ere I go.
My ear should catch your voice. My eye, your eye., My tongue should catch your tongue’s sweet melody.
Were the world mine, Demetrius being bated, The rest I’d give to be to you translated." (1. 1. 181) " 'Puppet'? Why so?—Ay, that way goes the game.
Now I perceive that she hath made compare
Between our statures. She hath urged her height,
And with her personage, her tall personage,
Her height, forsooth, she hath prevailed with him.—
And are you grown so high in his esteem
Because I am so dwarfish and so low?
How low am I, thou painted maypole? Speak.
How low am I? I am not yet so low
But that my nails can reach unto thine eyes." (3. 2. 297) But Demetrius' love for Helena comes from the love potion.
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