The Nature Of Love Essay

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The Nature of Love During their first reading of the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one might gloss over the ending, assuming that it is a happy one, because all of the lovers have been paired off and everybody appears content. However, upon closer inspection, one might begin to believe that not everything is as it should be; Demetrius remains under the thrall of the love-juice that Puck, following Oberon’s orders, had squeezed into his eyes. It seems that this drug can be held accountable for Demetrius’ current feeling towards Helena. One might wonder whether he himself really loves her. How true can his vows be when he appears to be under a spell? Is the love between Demetrius and Helena as valid as that between Lysander and Hermia? The latter query also asks that a judgment be made about the status of love resulting from the love-juice and “real love.” These questions may seem a natural reaction to the events of the play, but, in truth, they arise from a preconceived notion regarding love, which is shared by many people. This is the notion that love comes entirely from within the individual and that any love resulting from the influence of an external force is not true. However, through analysis of Shakespeare’s text, one can begin to build a position that would argue otherwise. While one’s nature defines, in part, whom one loves, whom one loves could also influence one’s nature. If the love-juice facilitates the alteration of one’s nature by one’s future lover, then the love resulting from its use is as true as any other love. However, it would be difficult to argue this validity without first addressing the validity of Demetrius’ love for Helena at the end of the play. The text implies that Shakespeare would have the audience believe that everything is as it should be as the play closes. The morning after Oberon and Puck have completed their

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