A Midsummer Night's Dream Essay

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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Essay

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, is generally thought of as a comical romance. A very important factor that makes the whole play a comedy, is magic, which is used to affect the lives of four Athenians: Hermia, Lysander, Helena and Demetrius. Bottom, also a simple human, falls victim of the fairies’ mischievous magic. The magic reaches these characters by Puck, a naughty fairy, and Oberon, the king of fairies. Puck decides to cast a spell on Bottom, making him grow a donkey head, and Oberon decides to cast a spell on Titania, making her fall in love with Bottom. From a simple mistaken spell, a rollercoaster of emotions, conflicts and laughter emerge. Magic is a vital element in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” because it gives the four Athenians a new life after the two men get cast a spell on, and Titania, falling in love with an ass head. Magic also causes the lovers to find that love is no smooth enterprise as stated by Lysander; "The course of true love never did run smooth." (1-1 ll. 134). Their pursuit of love may not run smooth but most, although not all, of the lovers end up happy. Hermia and Lysander find that they cannot be together so they elope to the woods where they then become victims of Puck and Helena cannot seem to make Demetrius love her until Puck's interference, and then she does not believe it.

The four Athenians are divided into two main groups: Helena and Demetrius and Lysander and Hermia. Helena is always running after some one to love because she wants to be loved and appreciated, risking to be taken advantage of, because she would do anything to be loved especially by Demetrius. Demetrius is one of the men that gets cast this magical love spell on, and that makes him behave in a strange way after the potion starts having an effect on him. When Demetrius opens his eyes, the first person he sees is Helena, which meant that he now loved Helena with all his...
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