How is love presented in A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Is it “Ever True” or “False Sport”? In your answer refer to three of the main pairs of lovers learnt about during the play. |
Love. This word is carelessly thrown around in today’s society. It is very implausible that when this word is used, the meaning is not taken into account. A Midsummer Nights’ Dream takes love seriously. With many examples of ever true love and false sport, we are able to define what love means to each and every character.
Lysander and Hermia are two fantastic examples of love in the rarest kind. They love each other immensely and feel as if there is nothing that can get in the way of their feelings. Magic of course, is not taken into account. When Lysander does fall under the spell of the fairies, Hermia shows persistent trust, and hope in their relationship, allowing herself to believe that everything will be acceptable before the day is out. Other examples of this pair not surrendering to the course fate has set for them, are that of not allowing Hermia’s` father to prevent them from marrying. Hermia is a strong-willed and good natured character. Her beauty shines from the outside in and has such faith in love that she will not permit any other character to live without it. She states in Act 1, Scene 1, Line 140 ‘O hell to choose love by another’s eyes.’ This is one of the many examples of when Hermia shows what is truly important to her. She is wanted by many but will not consent to her father’s choice of husband as she believes that love is real and needs to be protected, in her eyes; love is not something that can be arranged. The feelings shared between this couple are those that would last a life time.
Oberon and Titania are an unusual pair of lovers. Their love/hate relationship is portrayed as a one of those of a child. They frequently change their minds and their feelings towards one another.