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In Shakespeare's play A Mid - Summer Night's Dream

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A Mid - Summer Night's Dream In Shakespeare's play 'A Mid - Summer Night's Dream', Shakespeare uses his characters to present "True Love" as a state of harmony and happiness between lovers. However, it is only at the very end of this Mid - Summer night each character must make their own journey through troubled happenings towards the fulfillment of their desires and the achievement of true happiness. Shakespeare makes clear in Puck's final monologue that this fairytale of love's complications is not to be taken seriously. Lysander and Hermia are both seriously in love. Although they love each other, their parents forbade them to be together "The course of true love never did run smooth" (Lysander, Act 1 Scene). Egeus, Hermia's father strongly disapproved of their relationship and wanted Hermia to marry Demetrius, who also loved Hermia. Egues' decision was clearly made for his own benefit he doesn't care about Hermia and definitely doesn't mind if she ends up in a nunnery or even being executed. ...read more.

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(Helena, Act 2, Scene 1). But she has not gained his love because he loves Hermia - her close friend. Trying to gain Demetrius' love and trust, Helena betrays Hermia. Demetrius follows Hermia in to the woods and with the (useful) help from a spirit, Demetrius falls in love with Helena. At that point, Helena feels confused because two men like/love her and she thinks that they are playing a trick on her. To gain Helena's love and trust, hatred and jealousy builds up between Lysander and Demetrius eventually, they start a fight. At the end, the spirit applies the magic potion to Lysander's eyes and he then loves Hermia. At the end, Demetrius and Helena get married. Theseus and Hippolyta are together in the first place because Hippolyta lost in was and got injured. "Hippolyta, I woo'd thee with my sword, and won thy love, doing thee injuries, But I will wed thee in another key, with pomp, with triumph, and with reveling," (Theseus, Act 1 Scene 1). ...read more.

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antidote and apply to Titania's sleeping eyes to make her madly in love with the first living creature she sees when awakening. The antidote made Titania fall madly in love with ass-headed bottom. After gaining the power and having the changeling boy, Oberon applies the magical liquid on Titania's eyes and they become a happy couple again. I believe that Shakespeare is telling us that "true love" cannot always go as how we want it to. In order to be able to reach the verge of "eternal true love" there will be obstacles in the way and challenges to face. Relationships may not be approved by friends or family but everything can be resolved if you have the "heart". This play is mainly a Hollywood Romcom because of its interesting and funny complications and many comical but tragical events. Even though that this play shouldn't be taken seriously, but it is a pretty good example of how crazy true love can be. ...read more.

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