Friday, December 14, 2018
'A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Irrational Nature of Love\r'
'Ã¢â¬Å"Love is machination and recognizers tail endnot see the pretty follies that themselves commit,this quote from the Merchant of Venice describes the quartet substantiate byrs dilemmas in A Midsummer Nights Dream. Nevertheless, in A Midsummer Nights Dream this statement not precisely applies to the true cheat between original couples Lysander and Hermia, Demetrius and capital of Montana, and in addition the Ã¦ÂÂ»alse bop between Titania and scre upgradeg and Lysander and capital of Montana. As the story progresses in the play A Midsummer Nights Dream, it becomes increasingly obvious that not just is revere irrational, it is a catalyst for disoblige, and in the end, cacoethes may turn come out to be exclusively a fanciful illusion.There is a fine television channel between love and mania. though many of the characters actions depict that they lean toward mania, the play ultimately ends with a glad ending for the characters, as well as a presumptively happy marriage ceremony. Nevertheless, if what those characters felt was love, then love is an unhealthy obsession. capital of Montanas obsession with Demetrius might be the near obvious example. In Act II fit i inventorys 203-10 Helena reveals her feelings towards Demetrius with this soliloquy: I am your spaniel; and DemetriusThe more you beat me, I will kowtow on you: Use me but as your spaniel, disapprove me strike me, Neglect me, lose me; just represent me leave, Unworthy as I am, to follow you. What worser situate can I beg in your love, Ã¢â¬ And purge a place of high respect with me, Ã¢â¬ Than to be used as you use your dog?(2.1.203-10)Rather than a confession of love, this speech seems more like the plead from a frequent victim of domestic pervert who is begging her partner to come back to her. Demoting oneself to a dog, welcoming abuse and neglect and enjoying e precise piece of this treatment is definitely not what is considered to be the norm, even when its love.A fter Helenas madness thither is Titania, the Fairy Queen, who f alls in love with a commoner formd Nick piece of ass who has the head of an ass. Forgetting her amicable status, reputation and pride, Titania becomes exclusively smitten with Bottom and orders her servants to attend on him. save Bottom, though he does enjoy the various benefits that comes with being the lover of the Fairy Queen, never has any prime(prenominal) in the matter.After Titania first met Bottom she says: ?ut of this wood do not desire to go: Thou shalt remain here whether thou flag or no. 3. 1. 152-53) In most cases, when onseting to move on the affections of another person, one would usually refrain from abusing ones stupefy of power and force the other person into staying with them for presumably the rest of their lives. However, Titania is so in love with Bottom that she cannot be concerned with sentiments of common adept and her partners wellbeing, which inadvertently makes her love irrational .Finally there is Demetrius whose obsession with Hermia sufficed him to repudiate his current relationship, which caused his former lover, Helena, to become an emotional wreck, and afterward sour the relationship between Hermia and Lysander. One can notice from the examples from above that of all the crazy suicidal and/or selfish acts committed in the look up of love, non of them have started with the purpose of making either receiving system or benefactor of that act happy.Instead it was only through for love and that alone is its purpose and cause. As love is the motivation behind most, if not all, of the characters actions it is more than credibly that love is the direct or indirect cause of all of the chaos and bedlam in the play. offset there is Demetrius who broke off a presumably happy and st open relationship with Helena to dog Hermia, as proven by the quote communicate by Helena: or ere Demetrius lookd upon Hermias eyne, he haild put d own oaths that he was only mine1. 1.242-43)Not only did Demetrius ruin his own relationship with Helena, he also used his connexion with Egeus, Hermias father, to separate Lysander and Hermia, putting their love in insecurity of falling aside as well. In an attempt to preserve their love, Lysander and Hermia decide to elope and escape ?he peril of the Athenian law4. 1. 153) Before leaving, they reveal their plans to the unaccompanied and unloved Helena, who desperately craves Demetrius love and approval and betrays her friends give and tells Demetrius of the lovers flight.In order to be with or to pursue their beloveds all four-spot lovers left behind the order of capital of Greece and escaped into the magical forest. After falling fair game to Pucks antics the lovers relationships with each other are tore apart. though it was ?rue lovethat had caused the lovers to go against order it was also the only thing that is keeping the lovers from descending into chaos and disorder themselves. However, when tha t ?rue loveis replaced with the ?alse loveproduced by magical flower, whatever delicate bond that is holding the lovers together falls apart immediately.Ironically it is love that has ruined the four lovers relationships with each other. Though there is a happy ending for the four lovers in A Midsummer Nights Dream, there is a possibility that the love between the lovers is not accredited and their marriages would end horribly. Though Demetrius did have a historical fling with Helena, what caused him to desire Helenas hand in marriage near the end of the play may not necessarily be the rekindling of that old flame, but quite a the effect of the magical flower.It is also important to hatch that a few scenes ago Helena had also rejected Demetrius proclamations of love despite of what she said at the beginning of the play. This further proves that Helenas love for Demetrius is merely obsession. Helena pursues Demetrius due to her memories of their past relationship, however as thos e memories age, Helena subconsciously begins to distort them. In order to release her relentless and most likely futile attempts to win Demetrius love, Helenas memories take on a more rose-coloured hue.It is very likely that Demetrius biggest selling point was that he was ?ard to get However, when Demetrius begins to reciprocate he mazed his only asset, and Helena is both shocked and repulsed. Managing to convince herself that it was all a joke played to mock her, Helena is able to continue her elaborate fantasy. But, when it turns out that Demetrius was actually in love with Helena and wishes to marry her, Helena, due her introductory actions, is forced to accept his proposal, lest she desires to appear fickle and shallow.Lysander and Hermia would be considered to be the most traditional pair of lovers in the entire play. However, that all changed when Lysander betrays Hermia and falls in love with Helena. Forgetting his vows and the reason he even came into the forest in the f irst place, Lysander, along with Demetrius, becomes blind with passion and longing towards Helena and aggression towards each other. Finally there is Titania and Bottom whose love is only feasible with the power of the magical flower, as shown by Titanias line: ?ow came these things to pass? O, how mine eyes do despise his visage now! (4. 1.78-79)Without the aid of the fairies it wouldve been very likely that the four lovers would stay in the forest lost and loveless forever. With every example of love in the play being a form of ?alse love A Midsummer Nights Dream could not be considered as a romantic-comedy but rather social commentary on the irrational and self-destructive temper of love. With their inane deeds done in the name of love the four lovers doomed themselves to an unhappy marriage. a great deal like Theseus and Hippolyta union for the peace and prosperity of their various(prenominal) nations, the lovers marriage ends up being done out necessity rather than love.\ r\n'