A Midsummer Night's Dream Love Quotes

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In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare shows the futility in trying to control love. Not even the person in love can control it. Shakespeare constantly demonstrates the issues in trying to control love. Hermia attempting to control her love and she also has other people attempting to control it. Laws and social expectation can control people’s actions but they cannot control people’s feelings. Lastly, Oberon attempts to control the actions of Titania. Hermia, not only attempting to control her love, she also has many people trying to control it. Egeus, attempting to control Hermia’s love, asks Theseus for consent to make an arranged marriage between his daughter and Demetrius even though he knows she loves Lysander. Egeus states,…show more content…
Hippolyta expresses, “I love not to see wretchedness o’ercharged, And duty in his service perishing.” (V i 91-92) In this quote it proves she is only marrying the Duke out of duty and not out of true feelings for him. Hippolyta explains, “Four days will quickly steep themselves in night; Four nights will quickly dream away the time; And then the moon, like to a silver bow, New-bent in heaven, shall behold the night, Of our solemnities.” (I i 7-11) This quote is another reason that Hippolyta`s actions are not reflective of her feelings. Although she is marrying the duke, the quote shows her speaking about their marriage and basically saying “do not touch me.” The quote is a response to Theseus attempting to persuade her in, he is trying to control her feelings for him. Love will take its own course and someone may present themselves as in love when on the inside, it’s the opposite. Love is uncontrollable; Oberon attempts to control Titania because she is no longer listening to him. Titania’s current mindset is on the changeling boy. These quotes prove that Oberon wants the changeling boy and will do anything to get him. “Why should Titania cross her Oberon? I do but beg a little changeling boy, to be my henchman.” (II i 122-124) “Give me that boy, and I will go with thee.” (II I 148) “Not for thy fairy kingdom. Fairies,

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