In this comic play too, he deals with the nature of love which he ranks in many categories. The love of Hippolyta and Theseus stand for mature love, the love between Hermia and Lysander and Helena and Demetrius represent the youthful love, the love affair of Oberon and Titania refers to the renewed love. William Shakespeare Before him, other poets and writers praise the true love as ideal love, but here he depicts the inconsistency in love.
That love, and specifically romantic love leading to marriage, is a subject of the play that cannot be denied. This is a work that ends with the weddings of three couples the four Athenian youths along with the city's rulers, Theseus and his bride Hippolyta and the reconciliation of fairyland's married monarchs, Oberon and Titania.
As for Shakespeare's ideas about romantic love in this work, they embody much of what has been said about the topic over the ages. Love, according to Helena, is blind, irrational, and oft-times cruel. Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind.
Love is symbolized by the myriad flowers that arise throughout the play's text, fleeting and ephemeral, and it is most closely akin to the changing, bewitching moon.
It is the "moon" or the "watery" moon of the summer Solstice that dominates the figurative language of the play. In the very first scene, we encounter Theseus counting the days to the wedding according to the replacement of the old moon by a new one, and we hear Egeus accusing Lysander "Thou hast by moonlight at her window sung" Love is frequently equated in this play with madness and with being under the influence of the moon.
Yet, at the same time, while Love is mad, it is not necessarily bad. In the reconciliation between Oberon and Titania and the mature relationship between Theseus and Hippolyta, Shakespeare provides positive, stable examples of love and marriage.
Love, of course, triumphs in A Midsummer Night's Dream. As a standard element of the comedy genre, the stock blocking character of the irate father, here Egeus, objects to his daughter's choice of Lysander as her marriage partner and is, at first, supported by existing law here that of Athens and its ruler, Theseus.
Although Shakespeare uses this standard plot device, there is never any real tension along these lines, for the tandem sets of lovers are essentially protected from the long arm of paternal authority by the magic of the fairyland woods and its immortal denizens.
After Puck's mistakes are undone, the objections of Egeus fall by the wayside as Theseus is able to bend law and custom after all. This is a play that has no genuine narrative core but is concerned, instead, by the ribbons tied round the package.
The plot is overwhelmed by the beauty of Shakespeare's magical lyricism. I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a fantastic work in which the most active characters the Athenian couples fall asleep not once but twice. That being so, we might expect dreams and dreaming to loom large in this work; and, in fact, they do. The most noteworthy individual dream in the play belongs to Bottom, who awakens from his romance with Titania restored to his natural form and tells us: I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.
Man is but an ass, if he go about to expound this dream. The inhabitants of the fairy woods invite us to follow them on a path of endless fantasy.Themes in A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare's one of the best themes to deal with in most of his plays is love.
In this comic play too, he deals with the nature of love which he ranks in many categories.
Shakespeare's one of the best themes to deal with in most of his plays is love. In this comic play too, he deals with the nature of love which he ranks in many categories. The love of Hippolyta and Theseus stand for mature love, the love between Hermia and Lysander and Helena and Demetrius represent the youthful love, the love affair of Oberon and Titania refers to the renewed love.
LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in A Midsummer Night's Dream, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work.
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a play about love. Bottom in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays.
It was written in so was one of his earlier plays.
Nick Bottom is one of the main characters in the play and is easily the funniest and most well loved. Puck - Also known as Robin Goodfellow, Puck is Oberon’s jester, a mischievous fairy who delights in playing pranks on mortals. Though A Midsummer Night’s Dream divides its action between several groups of characters, Puck is the closest thing the play has to a protagonist.
His enchanting. Of all the themes in A Midsummer Night's Dream, love is the most prominent. Shakespeare portrays romantic love as a blind, irrational, often beautiful force that can be both cruel and forgiving.