Madmen For Love
Throughout life, people will experience different kinds of emotions. People can control their emotions but sometimes they let their heart take over the mind, especially when they are in love. In the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare explores the true nature of love. Love is a powerful force and illusion, which controls people to act irrationally or changes their personality. Love can change a person’s mind and judgment drastically. The characters in the play undergo heavy transformations because of their passion. In the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hermia turns into a different person because of her love for Lysander. She is rational and intelligent, however her emotions make her forget about her identity and status as well as the danger of her actions. For instance, when she becomes bold and she rebukes her father. Hermia stands up against her father, Egeus, in front of Theseus when Egeus demands Theseus to punish Hermia based on the Athenian law: “I know not by what power I am made bold” (1.1.59). Hermia was an obedient daughter until she meets Lysander. She is no longer the daughter Egeus know. She is brave to go against her father even though it is against the law to fight for her love. However her action also shows that her passion is controlling her. She does not think about the consequences of her action. She neglects the Athenian law where men are more dominant in the society and she will get punished for her impoliteness. Her love for Lysander creates an illusion of a perfect life away from Athens, when in reality her actions may bring her to her own downfall.
Furthermore, Hermia becomes deranged when Lysander rejects her. Hermia starts to swear at Helena when Lysander spurns Hermia’s love and professes his love for Helena: “ O me, you juggler, you canker-blossom!/ What, have you come by night/ And stol’n my love’s heart from him?” (3.2.282-4). Hermia is deeply hurt because of Lysander’s rejection. She bursts into...
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