A Midsummer Night's Dream – Practice Essay

Topics: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Love, Puck Pages: 3 (1067 words) Published: April 2, 2011
A Midsummer Night's Dream – Practice Essay

'Reason and love keep little company together nowadays' How does 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Illustrate the truth of bottoms Statement.

Reason, also known as logic and sensibility, is one's ability to think something through, keeping in mind the consequences of one's actions, while paying attention to all aspects of the problem. In 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Reason is explored against various types of Romantic love, including- Lust, committed love, young love and one sided love. Using examples in the play, it can be both proven and contradicted, that 'Reason and Love keep little company together'.

Hermia and Lysander, the play's young and lustful lovers prove that in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' while love is concerned, reason isn't. At the beginning of the play, the audiences are introduced to "fair Hermia" and her lover Lysander. Hermia wishes to marry Lysander, while her Father Eugeus, wants her "to marry with Dimitrius", another Athenian men. Eugeus' force and commitment to the task of getting Hermia to marry Dimitrius, drives Hermia to desperation " Belike for want of rain, which I could well beteem them from the tempest of my eyes." Lysander, wanting to marry Hermia, came up with a plan. He plans to go to his "widow aunt" who lives outside of Athens, where "There gentle Hermia, May I [Lysander] marry thee". Hermia agrees to the plan. This shows that neither Lysander nor Hermia fully comprehend the possible outcomes of their intentions, since running away and getting married without permission can bring to them losing everything- Family, connections, respect and reputation. In their time, these were few of the most important things that a man or a woman can own. Thus Both Lysander and Hermia are willing, without listening to the voice of reason, to give it all up for Love.

Moreover, Reason does not keep company in Helena's lust and love full head. Helena, Hermia's best friend, is in love with...
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