A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Love

Love, or what is more commonly known as love, can take hold in an instant and feel very much like magic that is being put over you. It can make you do things that you would never of done and makes you feel like your floating in air. It hits you without you knowing that it’s going to happen and there is nothing you can do to stop it. That is what A midsummer Night’s Dream mostly consists of. But who speaks more completely, eloquently, and most compassionate in this play about love? Before you can come to a conclusion, you have to look at all the kinds of love there is in this play.

One of the kinds of love that is really not love but many people mistake it as is infatuation or commonly known as lust. This isn’t being in love with the other person but in love with one of there charecteristics. This can be shown with the relationship between Demetrius and Hermia. Demetrius only wants Hermia for the chase and not for who she is. Another type of love that can be presented is an unrequited relationship. This can be expressed by Helena and Demetrius. Helena loves Demetrius with all of her heart but he doesn’t want anything to do with her because there is no chase. It’s a one way kind of love.

The last love that is shown in this play is true love. This can be shown with Lysander and Hermia. They love each other with every once of their body and nothing can stop them from being together. (Except love in Idleness) That is what true love is and that’s why people say that true love is the most powerful thing in the world. It can also be show in what Lysander says in Act. 1 sc. 1 161-164 “ There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee, And to that place the sharp Athenian law Cannot pursue us. If thou lovest me, then, Steal forth thy father’s house tomorrow night;” In order for them to be together is to run away and that is what they do.

In my opinion, I think that Hermia is the one that speaks more completely, eloquently, and most compassionate in this play about love then any other person. “.. Now much beshrew my manners and my pride If Hermia meant to say Lysander lied. But, gentle friend, for love and courtesy, Lie further off, in humane modesty. Such separation as may well be said Becomes a virtuous bachelor and a maid, So far be distant; and good night, sweet friend. Thy love ne'er alter till thy sweet life end.” This shows that Hermia is most eloquent in Act. 2 sc. 2 54-61 when she talks about love to Lysander.

Another example is in Act. 3 sc. 2 262-264 “Why are you grown rude! What changed is this, sweet love?” This proves that Hermia is most compassionate in her love to Lysander. That is why I believe that Hermia is the best person in A Midsummer Night’s Dream that speaks more completely, eloquently, and most compassionate in this play about love.




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