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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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William Shakespeare wrote the play A Midsummer Night's Dream between 1595 and 1596. In Shakespeare's famous comedy love is an important concept. The different characters have different views on love that they express, and throughout the play, Shakespeare portrays a general attitude about it. A Midsummer Night's Dream opens with Theseus and Hippolyta planning there wedding which takes place in four days Hermia is in love Lysander but her father wants her to marry Demetrius. Instead Egeus declare she must marry Demetrius or be put to death or spend her life in a nunnery. Lysander and Helena come up with the plan to escape from Athens and marry outside its unjust laws. Helena over hears them and tells Demetrius in hopes of gaining his love, she's rather cynical about love because she's always been turned from, especially her own love, she is skeptical when she's loved. Meanwhile in the fairy enchanted woods Puck and one of Titania fairies discuss the argument between Oberon and Titania he's angry she won't return the Indian boy she's raising and end chaos in the natural world. Oberon finds a sneaky way to get the boy back and sends Puck out to find a plant love in idleness which makes a person fall in love with the next person he or she sees. The play takes place in Athens in or around the 1800's. I can tell from reading it's an imaginary place with enchanted woods fairies beautiful flowers, magical things with castles and horse drawn carriages. The prevailing mood of this comedy is light and romantic. Throughout the play, there is love, humor, music, song, and dance. The presence of the fairies and a general atmosphere of fantasy add to the charm and light-hearted nature of the play. Theseus is the Dukes of Athens he defeated Hippolyta the Queen of the Amazon and now there getting married Hermia Overall the play rejoices in the power of love to change our lives also it reminds us of love and foolishness. In addition to loves conflict with violence, the play shows passions conflict with reason. Egeus view of the world conflicts with Hermia's idea of love and freedom. One of the main quotes in the play Theseus statement that lovers, madmen and poets share the same idea to fantasize. The writer is concerned with the relationship between imagination and reality and the way our feelings alter our thoughts. Helena realizes loves blindness and change of heart when she argues that strong emotions, such as



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