The Natures of Love (a Midsummer Night's Dream) Essay

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Natures of Love A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare is a play about four and a half individual plots that intertwine throughout the story; within each plot, there are different tales. All of these yarns are based on love. The main forms of love in the play are forced love, true love, fake love, unrequited love, and jealous love. Although A Midsummer Night’s Dream ends with a classic, romantic marriage scene, the book depicts many different types of less idealized natures of love. In the story, the supreme ruler of all Athens, Theseus forces Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons to marry him. However, their love is forced because Theseus has defeated Hippolyta in battle, thus forcing her to marry him. She refuses, but has no choice, as a prisoner. Theseus said to Hippolyta, “Hippolyta, I wooed thee with my sword…” (act 1, sc. 1, line 17). This quote shows how the love between them was through victory of battle and how only Theseus truly loves her. A sign that Hippolyta does not want to marry him was when she states, “Four days will quickly steep themselves in night. Four nights will quickly dream away the time.” (act 1, sc. 1, lines 7-8). Theseus cannot wait for the wedding; he is saying that the days before the wedding will pass slowly because he is so looking forward to it. On the other hand, Hippolyta announces that these couple days of freedom will zoom by, not wanting to marry Theseus. However, by the end of the book, she resigns herself to marrying him. Hippolyta says “… my Theseus…” (act 5, sc. 1, line 1), this statement shows a feeling of public affection. By saying this, she is subtly declaring that she loves him back. Another point is that she says it very casually, not trying to put emphasis on it. It seems almost as a natural habit, the way she says “my Theseus.” Their love also matures throughout the book, unlike the four mixed-up lovers.

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