Perception in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Analytical Essay

Perception in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
This paper provides a look into the play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by Shakespeare, focusing on the aspect of perception.
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In this article, the writer presents an analysis into the characters of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' looking at perception versus reality. The writer discusses that Shakespeare explores the variations of love through conflict and the characters' perceptions of each other. The writer maintains that the continual changing perceptions of love allows for the audience to gain insight into the comical conflicts among the characters. The literary device whereby the characters change their feeling towards others allows the author to bring to light another side of these characters. The writer concludes that the characters' perception may change throughout the play; however their love and emotions remain true in the end.

From the Paper:

"Once the spell is lifted, the relationship between the two is restored and Helena catches the fancy of Demetrius. It is reasonable to believe that Demetrius' emotions are truer and more like they were originally prior to his imagining himself in love with Hermia. It should be noted that the two women remained faithful to their love objects throughout the play, while the men under the influence of the love potion do not. The men in the play are not true to their loves, do not keep their promises, and are easily led astray. The fairy Puck comments upon this saying ... "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', William Shakespeare

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