Love a Midsummer Nights Dream

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Types of Love Represented in “A Midsummer Nights Dream”
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as in many of Shakespeare's plays the main theme is love. Shakespeare presents many different aspects of love in the play. He shows how love can affect your vision of reality and make you behave in irrational ways. He presents many ways in which your behavior is affected by the different types and aspects of love. The main types of love he presents are; true love, unrequited love, sisterly love, jealous love, forced love, and parental love. Shakespeare tries to show what kinds of trouble, problems and confusion, love can get you into.
"The course of true love never did run smooth" is one of the play's most famous quotes. However, when you look at the
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Jealous love is shown through Oberon and Titania's relationship: "I’ll met by moonlight" (Act II, Scene I, Ln 60). This shows there are troubles present in their relationship, since the two do not appear to be on good terms. Oberon and Titania are arguing over the changeling boy, the son of one of Titania's late friend. Oberon would like to possess this child, but Titania refuses to let him go. This shows that the nature of love can at times be irritating and troublesome and that the love between Oberon and Titania is most definitely not running smoothly. "What, jealous Oberon" (Act II, Scene I, Ln 61), Oberon does not actually deny his jealousy of Titania and the changeling boy, and through his actions, you can see, although at times it is very subtle, Oberon's jealously. Jealously is a powerful emotion, and when mixed with love, it has devastating effects. Oberon's jealousy grows, as Titania's love for the changeling boy does, and as a result, the relationship between the two worsens as they grow apart from anger. Oberon and Titania's love is old and contrasts from the young love of the four lovers: "Out of this wood do no desire to go", This shows Oberon and Titania live in the forest, which is old, and in turn this lends to their character and their love (Act II, Scene II, Ln 152). Their age and maturity is reflected in their speech, there is no rhyme, except to mark an exit, and there is little if not any humor.


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