Love Essay

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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S LOVE THEME 2 "The course of true love never did run smooth." Love is a very powerful emotion that can strike at any time and can appear in any way, shape or form. In William Shakespeare's play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" love is the major theme that affects many characters and causes many confrontations. In order for true love to handle these ups and downs they may need some magical help, stay true to the one they love, and be determined to see it through no matter what is thrown at them. Shakespeare gives the reader a prime example of true love in "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hermia and Lysander. They have a pure and simple love for one another. Hermia is from a well known family and Lysander is more like a commoner and the two seem like an odd couple, but the two have fallen head over heels for one another. Hermia's father, Egeus, does not think that Hermia is capable of choosing her own husband and he shows this when he is talking to Theseus. "And, my gracious duke, This man hath bewitch'd the bosom of my child. Thou, thou, Lysander, thou hast given her rhymes, And interchanged love-tokens with my child^ With cunning hast thou filch'd my daughter's heart, Turn'd her obedience, which is due to me, To stubborn harshness." (Act I, Scene I, line 27) To show Egeus' power over Hermia he tells her that if she does not marry his choice, Demetrius, she will be put to death. Hermia is faced with a major problem, marry someone she does not love or to be put to death. Hermia and Lysander run off into the woods trying to escape Egeus. These two young lovers are willing to do anything to be together which shows that their love is true. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S LOVE THEME

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