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More then one type of love in Mid Summer Nights Dream

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Gabriel Patino 12/8/11 Doc Schmidt English More than one type of love By definition love is a profoundly tender and passionate affection for another person. Love is a disease that can make you do things you?ve never think of doing. This powerful emotion affects your behavior and personality and is demonstrated through the characters of Midsummer Nights Dream. But what determines whom we love; is it beauty, intellect or both? Is it possible for love to be perfect? Lysander proclaims, "The course of true love never did run smooth." Act 1, Scene 1, line 134, this means that no matter how much you love someone there will always be obstructions in the way. Thesesus, Egeus, and the fairies are all obstacles for the four main lovers, Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, and Helena. The biggest obstruction to love is love itself, because it is an emotion that can change drastically in a blink of an eye. But is there more than one type of love? Prior to reading Midsummer Nights Dream, we read two sonnets by Shakespeare discussing two different types of love and gave of an insight on his views. ...read more.


At the end of the play, the infatuation is mutual, all thanks to the help of Puck and his potion. Nonetheless they marry, thus proving love can come in different ways but love shall always be love. The other type of love we read about is in Sonnet 116 is the love of true minds. In sonnet 116, lines 13 and 14 really stand out, ?Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom,? Shakespeare is saying that the love of true minds does not change with hours or weeks but rather remains until death. The perfect example of this is Lysander and Hermia, lovers since the beginning. Hermia?s love for Lysander is so great that she agrees to go off into the woods with Lysander, she says ?I swear to thee by Cupid?s strongest bow?tomorrow truly will I meet with thee? Act 1 Scene 1 line 171-181, in this quote Hermia is promising Lysander she will run away with him to the woods. ...read more.


While practicing in the forest, Bottom wakens Titania who has had the flower juice placed on her, as soon as Titania sees Bottom, she is obsessed. Within a few moments of knowing him she declares ?Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful.? Act 3 Scene 1 Line 150, those words are remarkably deep for someone you just met. Titania believes that Bottom is the love of her life, with just looking at him. She insists he remain in the woods with her and even tells bottom that she loves him. At the end she ends up giving him a group of fairies to attend to him and watch over him. Ironically while all this is happening Bottom seems to be clueless and lost. This type of ?love? is not meant to be and is as hopeless as that tricky math problem you can never seem to solve. Love comes in many different shapes and forms. But nonetheless, it is love. Love is an emotion that is reckless and changes according to the situation. It?s a magical thing that can be created by a dash of fairy juice or a strong unbreakable bond between two people. But then again, can love really be explained? ...read more.

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