Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream essay
Topic~ “Reason and love keep little company together nowadays”. Explain how this quote relates to the play as a whole.
“And yet to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays” This quote from act 3, scene 1 in Shakespeare’s play A Midsummers Night Dream, seems so insignificant when Bottom, a simple and silly workman with the head of an ass, expresses this to Titania Queen of the Fairies. She has recklessly fallen in love with Bottom at first sight as a result of the love potion placed upon her by Oberon King of the Fairies. But this quote in fact is very significant as it relates to most of the characters relationships in this play. What this quote really means is that when in love people often don’t make wise decision using their head, instead they make irrational decisions based on feelings, not sense. This is shown is the play with the relationships of Lysander & Hermia, Helena & Demetrius and Thisbe & Pyramus.
Firstly, there is Lysander and Hermia. This quote reflects their relationship as Hermia’s Dad, Egeus, wants Hermia to marry Demetrius and despises Lysander (which is the man Hermia loves). “As she is mine, I may dispose of her: Which shall be to this gentlemen or to her death, according to our law immediately provided in that case” this is what Hermia’s Dad threatens. He basically gives her two choices; she either marries Demetrius thus ending her relationship with Lysander or is put to her death immediately and legally. This is where the quote “reason and love keep little company together nowadays” comes in, as Hermia and Lysander, being as madly in love as they are, don’t think about what is at stake and decide to run away to get married disobeying her fathers orders. This also counts for Lysander as he loves her so much he wont let her go even though he knows how much danger he is putting her in.
Secondly, there is Helena and Demetrius’s complex relationship....
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