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Thesis Statement

In both Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare portrays that people don’t take love seriously, and they are inconsistent with who they love. Shakespeare shows this by Demetrius loving Helena then quickly changing his mind to love Hermia. Lysander loves Hermia but then quickly falls for Helena when he drinks the potion as well as Demetrius. In the Twelfth Night, Orsino loves Olivia who thinks she loves Cesario who is really a girl named Viola who loves Orsino. Orsino falls in love with Viola and Olivia falls in love with Sebastian eventually.

I chose this thesis because that is the reoccurring theme in both books. They are also both comedies that use disguises but love is what it is mainly about. Shakespeare shows how weak each of the characters are when dealing with love. He shows how they are inconsistent and easily switch who they are in love with. It happens with multiple characters in each books and there is a lot of quotes that can help prove it.

I am sure there will be a lot of criticism on both books because that is the major theme throughout them. I have looked on Google to see what people had to say about both books and this was the major comparison between them. Another comparison was that both books were based on dishonesty and deceitfulness since the characters were using disguises. Also, they were both comedies where all the characters fell in love with who they wanted to in the end.
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