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A Midsummer Nights Dream

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English 2007 "A Midsummer Nights Dream" Essay Daniel Sammut 10 B In the play, "A Midsummer Nights Dream", written by William Shakespeare, many characters are manipulated to experience love and hate at there most extremes. Oberon, the King of the fairies, uses his wife, Titania, to get what he wants. Hermia, son of Egeus, is forced into such a terrible situation about her fathers directions in who to marry. Hermia, one of the lovers, is also treated in a bad way by Demtrius, who she loves, in whom he does not, and they marry under the influence of a love potion. A Midsummer Nights Dream is a play about love and hate; and how they affect people's lives and views on life. In the play, Oberon uses Titania is such a way that he says it is fair to do these things in love and hate. Titania, the Queen of fairies, has a changeling boy from India in her possession. Oberon, the King, wants this changeling boy as one of his servants, but can't get it off Titania, his wife. ...read more.


In AMSND, Demetrius treats Helena very badly, exposing her to love and hate at their fullest. In the start of the play, Egeus, Hermia's father, wants Hermia to marry Demetrius, his choice. But Hermia disobeys and disagrees with her father, saying that she likes Lysander and does not want to marry Demetrius. By the power of the Athenian Law, Egeus has the power to choose who Hermia marries. Hermia has 3 options, marry Demetrius, become a Nun or get killed. Helena finds out that Lysander and Hermia are going to run away to the woods and plans to tell Demetrius what is happening, in order to make him start loving her. They follow Hermia and Lysander to the woods, where Demetrius says this hurtful quote to Helena: "Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair? Or rather do I not in plainest truth, Tell you I do not, nor I cannot love you?" (II.I.203-205) Helena than says: "...I am your Spaniel, and Demetrius, The more you beat me, I will fawn on you. ...read more.


She also questions him about her not being herself and him not being himself. Lysander than says: "...Be certain, nothing truer. 'Tis no jest that I do hate thee (to Hermia) and love Helena" (III.II.287-88) Hermia is in quite disbelief, and starts to blame Helena into what has happened. Helena is completely innocent; it was Oberon and Puck who committed this confusion and hate. Until the end of the book, to ease the confusion, Puck sorts out the mess and puts the love potion into Lysander's eyes and he starts to love Hermia again, and she accepts him back straight away. He treats Hermia unfairly, first off by loving her, the turning the opposite (by the power of the potion), then goes back to loving her (also by the potion). Like Demetrius and Helena, they end up wedding each other. In this play, AMSND, by William Shakespeare, the 4 lovers encounter love and hate at there most extremes. Oberon uses Titania successfully to get what he wants, a changeling boy. Demetrius treats Helena very badly and both end up marrying each other. Like them, Lysander and Hermia wed each other, but through love confusion and betrayal. 1,108 Words ...read more.

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