The element of misconception and difficulty in love can be apprehending in the novel when Lysander says, “The course of true love never did run smooth..." (I.I. 136). This quotes analyses that love is never smooth and there are bump and rift throughout. This aspect can be represented when Puck uses the love potion on Lysander by accident and it results to a rift and misconception in love. This can be examined when Lysander says “What, should I hurt her, strike her, kill her dead?
“/”Although I hate her, I'll not harm her so.” (III,II. 270). This leads to misunderstanding between Lysander and Hermia and th effect of this is on David Bevington argues that the play represents the dark side of love. He writes that the fairies make light of love by mistaking the lovers and by applying a love potion to Titania's eyes, forcing her to fall love with an ass. In the forest, both couples are beset by problems. Hermia and Lysander are both met by Puck, who provides some comic relief in the play by confounding the four lovers in the forest. However, the play also alludes to serious themes. At the end of the play, Hippolyta and Theseus, happily married, watch the play about the unfortunate lovers, Pyramus and Thisbe, and are able to enjoy and laugh at it. Helena and Demetrius are both oblivious to the dark side of their love, totally unaware of what may have come of the events in the forest.
“The course of true love never did run smooth,” comments Lysander, articulating one of A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s most important themes—that of the difficulty of love (I.i.134). Though most of the conflict in the play stems from the troubles of romance, and though the play involves a number of romantic elements, it is not truly a love story; it distances the audience from the emotions of the characters in order to poke fun at the torments and afflictions that those in love suffer. The tone of the play is so lighthearted that the audience never doubts that...
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