A Midsummer Nights Dream Essay

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In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lysander and Demetrius change their feelings of love and promises for both Helena and Hermia. Shakespeare shows us how love is unpredictable and inconsistent with the changes of feelings and broken promises between the young lovers.

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lysander switches his love for both Hermia and Helena with changes of feelings of love and broken promises, showing how unpredictable and inconsistent love is. In the beginning of the play, Lysander is deeply in love with Hermia. The only obstacle standing in his way of being with her is that Hermia is supposed to marry Demetrius under the Athenian law. Her father Egeus wants Hermia to marry Demetrius, both Demetrius and Egeus are determined to have the plans for the arranged marriage follow through. Hermia’s father will hear nothing of Hermia being with and marrying her love, Lysander. Lysander and Hermia only want to be together and married but under the Athens law; Hermia must marry who her father insists upon, Demetrius. Hermia has three options: to be put to death, to be sent to a convent and never marry, or deny her love for Lysander and marry Demetrius. Lysander and Hermia will hear nothing of this. They are determined to be together. The young lovers feel their love is true and strong enough to find away to make it as one. Their plan is to run away together and find a way to be married. They will escape Athens and the laws forcing them apart. While they are running away they decided to rest and sleep in the woods. Before the lovers fall asleep, Lysander promises his love to Hermia after they say good night to each other. They express their love through words of promises and affection. “‘Amen, Amen’ to that fair prayer, say I, And then end life when I end loyalty!” (2.2.68-69). In this quote Lysander is expressing to Hermia his love for her. He says ‘let me die before my loyalty ever ends for you’. He is so sure that his love for Hermia is true that he will never leave her or forsake her. He is certain that nothing will come between them or alter his love for her. He says to her he would die before his love for her ever ends. Little does either lover know that his loyalty and promise to Hermia will end that very night. In the fairy Kingdom, the head Fairy Oberon witnesses two young Athenians fighting. Helena is trying to persuade Demetrius to love her, but he is in love with Hermia. He has set out to find her in the woods after she ran away with Lysander. Oberon feels very bad for Helena and thinks that Demetrius should love her back, considering how persistent and doting she is over him. He sends his prankster and fun loving fairy, Puck, to sprinkle a love potion on Demetrious eyes so that he falls madly in love with Helena. The love potion is from a flower that was accidently shot by cupid and can make anyone fall in love with the first thing they see. Oberon only tells Puck to sprinkle the potion on a young Athenian male’s eyes. He does not know that there are two Athenian males in the woods, Lysander and Demetrius. Puck mistakes Lysander for Demetrius and puts the love potion on Lysander’s eyes instead of Demetrius’. While Helena is stumbling through the woods seeking Demetrius she comes across Lysander sleeping on the ground. She is confused why he is here and wakes him up. Helena is the first thing Lysander sees once he is awake. And after having the love potion mistakenly put on his eyes, he falls in love with Helena instantaneously once seeing her. “And run through fire I will for thy sweet sake”(2.2. 109). Within the first minute of laying eyes on Helena, Lysander is saying he would walk through fire for her. He would give anything for Helena he tells her. Within only a night, Lysander has taken back his heartfelt promise to Hermia that he will die before his love for her changes. By only the next morning he is promising to walk through fire for a different girl, Helena. “Content...
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