Different Types of Love in Midsummer Night’s Dream

Topics: Love, A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare Pages: 4 (1508 words) Published: August 30, 2012
Different Types of Love in Midsummer Night’s Dream
Love and lovers, both can be described as many different things. William Shakespeare shows us this in his play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In this play we see all types of love, from passionate love to foolish love. Along with this we also see different types of lovers and pairs. Examples of these lovers come from pairs like, Hermia and Lysander, Demetrius and Helena, Titana and Bottom, and Oberon and Titana. It seems that in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare shows different types of love and lovers. One love that Shakespeare shows in Midsummer is passion. Passion is a burning emotion, a strong feeling or a desire that is deep within your soul. When you have found the perfect man/ women you will be passionately in love. The lovers that show this in the play are Lysander and Hermia. The two of them really define the passion and true love. Lysander and Hermia are determined to be with each other, but are denial by Egeus (Hermia’s father). Egeus wants Hermia to marry Demetrius, but she is in love with Lysander. Egeus and Theseus (The Duke of Athens) then agree that if Hermia does not marry Demetrius she is either to become a nun or die. When Hermia is alone with Lysander she tells him, “Belike for what of rain, which I could well/ Beteem them from the tempest of my eyes” (1.1.130). In this quote she is telling Lysander that because of all this commotion, her eyes are starting to fill with water and about to cry. With Lysander being the faithful and uplifting person he is he replies, “Ay me! For aught that I could ever read/ could ever hear by tale or history, / The course of true love never did run smooth” (1.1.132). In this quote Lysander is telling Hermia that from everything he has heard from stories and history, the path of true love was never easy. Determined to be with each other, Lysander and Hermia decide to run away to marry each other. They are eventually caught up to and returned to Athens, but...
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