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Themes in A Midsummers Nights Dream

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The themes in the play There are many different themes explored in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Betrayal, freedom, love and power are the themes that surround the lovers. Themes surrounding the fairies, include jealously, magic and power where as the mechanicals bring about the idea of reality. All of these themes are important to the play as they give the audience more to think about. Freedom and power are the first two themes that arise in the play in the first scene where Egeus asks Theseus to make Hermia marry Demetrius. "And she is mine, and all my right of her I do estate unto Demetrius" This decision takes away Hermia's freedom of choice. This may be why speaks so little until she is alone with Lysander and women had little freedom and power at the time the play was written. ...read more.


Power is also shown through the fairies, particularly in Oberon and Titania. As they are king and queen of the fairies, they have power over them. Puck also has a lot of power with the love juice. Whilst he has it, he has a lot of power because the juice can change someone's entire perspective of someone. The most obvious theme is love, which features with the lovers. It is shows in Hermia and Lysander's love for each other, Demetrius's love for Hermia and Helena's love for Demetrius. Love also features in the fairies in Oberon and Titania, and when Titania falls in love with Bottom when he has an ass for a head. This is what the love potion does to those who are under the influence of it. Betrayal is linked in with love, it isn't shown directly, but the effects of it are. ...read more.


They have the ability to cast magic over others, for example, when Puck turns Bottom's head into an ass. This gives the fairies more power over the humans as they have power to change anything and anyone. The powerful magic of the fairies is portrayed through the love juice. Magic is an important theme in A Midsummer Night's Dream as it gives the play a sense of mystery and an interesting storyline begins to grow around them. The idea of the love juice doesn't just represent magic, it represents love also. William Shakespeare is suggesting that love is magical, and isn't just something that has to be earned, but is something that can be given and forced upon someone. The themes and issues above are very important to the storyline because these are the type of things all audiences can relate to. This means that the play can be set in any setting and time period. It's these themes and issues that make the play still relevant today. ...read more.

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