Love& Marriage Themes In A Mid Summer Night Dream

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Love and Marriage Theme in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of a few comedies written by Shakespeare. It is believed that the play was written in order to celebrate someone’s wedding ceremony at the time, even though when exactly remains unclear. Thus love and marriage becomes the main theme of the play. Since Shakespeare was a great tragedy playwright, we can also find a number of tragic love elements as Shakespeare portrays the dark side of love as it is full of difficulties, unreasonable and uncertain throughout the play. Also he portrays problems in marriage life which is caused by mistrust and jealousy. First of all, love is full of difficulties. As Lysander states at the court of Theseus that “The course of true love never did run smooth” (Lysander, act 1 scene 1), this quote suggests that the love in this play is accompanied by difficulties and the characters must struggle for their true love. Lysander and Hermia is a great example of it. As you can see, they have been through many difficulties before they are led to a happy ending. Egeus, Hermia’s father is the biggest throuble of all as he tries to force Hermia to marry Demetrius, the guy who has his consent. Hermia, being in love Lysander, refuses to do so. Eageus is very angry about it. He takes his daughter and the two guys to the court of Athens and asks Theseus to give judgement. According to the Athenian law, Theseus decides that Hermia must marry Demetrius or else she will be “either to die the death, or to abjure.” (Theseus, act 1 scene 1) It seems that Athens isn’t the right place for their love now so the lovers decide to elope to the house of Lysander’s aunts which is far away and the “sharp law” of Athens cannot harm them. In the wood, on the way to aunt’s house, the lovers face another trouble caused by the fairies which represent fate or some
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