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Exploration of the ways that Shakespeare and Austen present us with different aspects of love or the theme of love looking at similarities and differences in the two texts and bearing in mind the different times they were written in.

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Exploration of the ways that Shakespeare and Austen present us with - different aspects of love or - the theme of love looking at similarities and differences in the two texts and bearing in mind the different times they were written in. In this essay, I am going to look two texts, Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer's Night Dream' and Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice.' The theme I am fascinated to write about is love and this is very significant in both books. In 'A Midsummer's Night dream', love is displayed in a more light-hearted way and not absolutely serious, yet, 'Pride and Prejudice' is introduced more meaningful and formal. I will additionally investigate the first impressions of both books. 'Pride and Prejudice's' first title was 'First Impressions'. I will not only be investigating how the characters' first impressions effect one another but moreover the first impression of the reader and how they are affected by passion. Pride and Prejudice and A Midsummer Night's Dream are, as a matter of first importance, two texts about getting through difficulties and accomplishing emotional fulfilment and those problems. In Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth, the courageous person, and Darcy, her resulting husband, the main difficulty lies in the book's first title: First Impressions. ...read more.


In my opinion, I believe that Hermia is the singled out person that speaks thoroughly, articulately, and is most unbelievably civilised in this play about love and any 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 loves ne'er alters till thy sweet life end." This implies that Hermia is most obviously expressive when she explains her love to Lysander. An additional case is "Why are you grown rude! What changed is this, sweet love?" This indicates that Hermia is definitely caring towards her love to Lysander I think that Hermia is the most appropriate person in A Midsummer Night's Dream that speaks articulately, and most incredibly sympathetic in this play about love. Pride and Prejudice is a novel in which people marry for love, personality and happiness, however, A Midsummer Night's Dream portrays it as mad and a bit ridiculous but there is nothing to do about it. ...read more.


Helena talks deeply describes, "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind and therefore is winged cupid is painted blind" This implies that when you love someone, it doesn't matter what they look like but what is on the inside. Since Cupid is painted blind he doesn't love with his eyes but with his mind as he loves what's on the inside. One of the sorts of love that is not quite love but a large number of individual's oversight it as love is lust. This isn't being attracted with the person but loving one of their qualities. This is demonstrated with the association among Demetrius and Hermia. Demetrius just needs Hermia for the interest and not for who she is. An additional sort of adoration that might be exhibited is an unrequited love. This might be communicated by Helena and Demetrius. Helena adores Demetrius with every last trace of her heart but he doesn't want anything to do with her since there is no interest. It's a restricted sort of affection. Helena says, 'We should be wooed and were not made to woo'. This means that she is attempting to tempt Demetrius, not him trying to tempt her. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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This is a perceptive and well organised essay which clearly shows an understanding and knowledge of the play and novel.
At times quotes are needed and the writer was in danger of merely narrating the plot rather than answering the question.
Some lapses in expression make meaning unclear.
Conclusion needed.

Marked by teacher Katie Dixon 05/07/2013

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