Midsummer Night’s Dream
February 21, 2014
A Midsummer Night’s Dream was one of the first plays written by William Shakespeare and written in the Elizabethan Era. The king’s men were the acting troop that performed Shakespeare’s plays at the Globe, an English theater in which Shakespeare was part owner. Shakespeare wrote for the poor not for the rich, 85% of the audience for his works were poor. There was rumor that Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth were secretly in love with each other and that is why none of the plays he wrote were cancelled under her reign. This play is furthermore noted to be a love letter to the queen. The play takes place in Athens at the start of a wedding between Theseus and Hippolyta. Two other human couples cause ruckus within the story. ” Shakespeare's intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start….” (goodreads.com) Hermia and Lysander are a couple forbidden to be together. While, Helena wants to be with Demetrius who is too busy chasing after fair Hermia. The humor in the story come from the fairies: Titania, Oberon, and Puck, as well as the members of an acting troop: specifically Nick Bottom. Hermia is supposedly a fictional representation of Elizabeth while Shakespeare is Lysander. The whole play is based on an illusion of a dream. A double storyline that merges together and exciting and mysterious plot twists lure readers into the illusion of the dream. The mystical factors of the play intrude reality to a great extent. Throughout this play and the resolution of the conflicts there is a central symbol that is recurring, which is the purple flower that the drug that starts all the major drama comes from. The purple flower represents the manipulation of love though can be mistaken to believe that it is a representative of true love conquers all. “The course of true love never did run smooth.” (brainyquote.com)
The purple flower, or pansy, is a symbol for the theme of love can be manipulated. The purple flower is present to be a representative of the drug opium. Opium can cause a sense of calm drowsiness or sedation along with euphoria. Oberon, the king of the fairies, wants the changeling boy that his wife, Titania, is in possession of. To accomplish this Oberon decides to drug his wife with the pansy flower to distract her so he can take the changeling boy. The purple flower will put Titania to sleep and when she wakes up she will fall in love with the first thing she comes to see. Oberon uses the drug to manipulate Titania into giving him what he wants. As a result of the use of the drug Titania falls in love with Nick Bottom, who has previously been turned into a donkey by Puck as a joke. Therefore, Oberon has also manipulated Titania into falling in love with a donkey. After seeing Demetrius reject Helena in the forest soon after she tells him that Helena and Lysander have run away together, Oberon also instructs Puck to use the drug to manipulate Demetrius into loving Helena. Puck messes up and accidentally gives the drug to Lysander, resulting in him falling in love with Helena. To fix his mistake Puck then applies the purple flower to Demetrius, so now both Athenians are under the influence. Both of these boys have been manipulated into loving Helena. After both Lysander and Demetrius admit their love for Helena she thinks they are lying to her and playing a joke. After Hermia discovers that her lover is no longer in love with her she questions Helena causing her to believe that Hermia has also taken part in the trick and gets livid with her. Helena and Hermia are best friends and the drug has manipulated the love between them causing them to fight. The purple flower is manipulating the love between lovers and friends, therefore love can be manipulated.
There is also the belief that the purple flower represents love conquers all. As we meet our characters Hermia and Lysander are...
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