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'A Mid Summer Night's Dream' by William Shakespeare. How do events support Lysander's claim that "The course of true love never did run smooth"?

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`A Mid Summer Night's Dream' by William Shakespeare How do events support Lysander's claim that "The course of true love never did run smooth"? In this essay I will give my views on the quote: `The course of true love never did run smooth,' a statement made by Lysander to his love Hermia. I will find quotes and sections of the play, which support this claim. I will find information from the play, which may have inspired Lysander to say this. At the start of the play Theseus and Hippolyta are talking about their forthcoming marriage and how it came to be. You can see that they are happy and settled together as their `nuptial day' is arriving; they are going to be married soon and seem very excited about the approaching event. Yet this had not always been the case, their love had not always been so smooth. It started by means of death and war: `Hippolyta, I wooed thee with my sword,' is how Theseus describes the ways in which he won the love of Hippolyta. Theseus is referring to a myth, in which he killed many Amazons (warrior women). He won Hippolyta's love by doing this as he showed courage, strength and most of all determination to win and overcome Hippolyta. This supports Lysander's claim as when he made this statement he suggested reasons like `war' and `death' as factors which affect the course of true love, here they both played a part in the myth where Theseus `wooed' Hippolyta. Theseus backs up Lysander's statement even more, as after talking about killing many Amazon's he says: `But I will wed the in another key,' meaning that even though their relationship started badly, their marriage would be a brilliant celebration, `with triumph' and `with pomp.' Theseus echoes Lysander's thoughts when he says that their relationship didn't start smoothly but on their wedding day they would forget about the past and think of a glorious future. ...read more.

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This is what Hermia says as Helena blames her, yet Hermia understands the situation no better than Helena and is not willing to argue. We can see at this point that not only is the love not running smoothly but also is destroying what were previously good relationships. The men are mere bystanders as they watch this argument unfold, ignorant to the turmoil they are causing to their previous loves. As Lysander refers to Hermia as a `vile thing' and a `serpent', Shakespeare uses these powerful metaphors emphasise Lysander's feelings and add comedy to the scene. This proves that true love is very powerful, for Lysander now truly loves Helena and discards Hermia with no care for her feelings, he loves Helena and no longer cares for anyone else. The men's ignorance of their past loves and their strong love for Helena causes them too fight for Helena, potentially even to the death. At this moment in time love is not running smoothly for any of the young lovers, and the characters are literally and metaphorically `in the dark'. Only the audience, Oberon and Puck are privy to the magic that is at work. After this affair has ended and the men are unable to find each other in the forest and both go to sleep. At this point Puck puts right his errors and now Lysander will love Hermia when he awakes beside her and Demetrius will love Helena when he wakes beside her. When the lovers are found together, Hermia with Lysander expectedly and confusingly Demetrius with Helena. Theseus asks; `How comes this gentle concord?' This leaves the lovers in a perplexing position as they themselves cannot explain the weird goings on in the wood. `I cannot truly say how I came here,' is what Lysander says in reply as the four lover's wake in the midst of confusion trying to forget the previous and somewhat supernatural days. ...read more.

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In this play we notice there is a contrast between two different worlds, the fairies come at night and mortals rule they daylight, yet it seems the mortals are too quick to dismiss the existence of the fairies. Even though fairies are seemingly a harmless myth, mortals rarely venture into the wood during the night. Yet the young lovers were forced to by the will of Hermia's father and it seems that even though the fairies saved the lovers, they still dismiss their nights in the wood as a `dream' without consideration of any mythical forces. They do not thank the fairies for making their love run smooth as previously it was in havoc. We have a story from the fairies and one from the mortals, when they meet it gives the play a mysterious twist but also ends with a traditional "happy ending", as with all fairy stories. From this play you gain many contrasting views on love, from most of the characters involved, but to say `the course of true love never did run smooth,' is not true; to say that sometimes true love does not smooth is certainly true. In this play none of the love we are told about has always run smooth and at the end we are left wondering if of Oberon and Titania's are now truly happy. The four young lovers didn't have certain futures until they had their `dream' like experience in the woods with the fairies. Theseus had to fight and be determined to killto win the love of Hippolyta. We never find out if Bottom had true love for Titania, even though she did for him; yet that was only short lived as Oberon changed her back to normal with the `love-in-idleness'. I conclude that the statement made by Lysander: `the course of true love never did run smooth,' is mostly true because in the pay all the lovers experience problems caused by love, and they are forced to work hard to make sure their love with `run smooth'. It seems all relationships are expected to have their ups and downs. ...read more.

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