A Midsummer Night's Dream - motivation of the characters

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Where do we place the line of identity? Between the acceptance of reality and the uncertainty of fancy, the characters of Shakespeare’s play are divided. To discover the link between those and the discrepancies in their personal indiscretions, I question the essence of ‘concord’ that wraps the ending of the play.

The sanity of the mind is decided by the distinction of reality and dreams. Indeed most of the characters in the play act on their own motivation to prevent discord in their inner conscience. By dismissing one decisive prospect as a dream and prioritizing the other, the will of the person is imposed on the medium of reality.

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the internal conflicts of the cast give way to dreams. But their dreams are divided in terms of perception. The unperceived feature of one’s self, which is the ultimate culmination of a personage and the most discreet motive for their functions, acts on an impulse of reality to project a dream. According to the range of possibilities that reality effects, dreams are created. Once our deeper motive coincides with the resultant route of one discourse (dream), a yearning for that dream drives the will. So, everything starts from a dream. This makes the sleeping stage that is responsible for ordering thoughts in the manner observed a fitting state for the transition of affection in Demetrius and Lysander.

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To contemplate this further, I looked into the ‘invisible’ motives that the characters could harbor for their ends to be met. Supposing Hermia was excessively controlled by her father from a younger age, which is very likely considering his personality and the obligation of Athenian law, then eloping with Lysander might just be the way to gain her opposition. Correspondingly, in Lyander’s case, his contempt for Athen’s law leads him to Hermia. And thus we have our lovely main couple.

In Helena and Demetrius’ case, however, this is different. Both Helena and Demetrius are provoked by their inner conscience into ...

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