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Suffering Love in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Looks at the way Shakespeare pokes fun at the suffering caused by love in "A Midsummer Night's Dream".
# 152435 | 915 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2013 | US

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This paper explains that Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is still a love story but in a different way because this play makes a joke out the suffering that love creates. From the perspective of the difficult nature of love, the author reviews the play within the play in the final act, which presents the story of Pyramus and Thisbe, two young lovers whose parents disapprove of their love just like in the case of the protagonists of the main play, Lysander and Hermia. The paper concludes that the relationship between Lysander and Hermia is like that of Pyramus and Thisbe even though in the end Lysander and Hermia are luckier than Pyramus and Thisbe.

From the Paper:

"Shakespeare was possibly using the story of Pyramus and Thisbe as well to show that there is some comedy even in that story. While the deaths of the two lovers isn't funny, there is the fact that the coincidence of the lion being at the meeting place, Thisbe dropping her veil, the lion eating the lamb and then attacking the veil... All of these things are so coincidental, which, in turn, causes Pyramus to take his own life. He acts to spontaneously, not ever calling Thisbe's name or looking around for her. Instead, he overdramatically kills himself and when Thisbe finds him - she too does the same. This story by Ovid is tragic, of course, but it also shows that people in love act very dramatically and often don't use their heads to make common sense out of a situation when it comes to their lover.
"Like the story of Pyramus and Thisbe, Shakespeare uses the element of patriarchal control to show the place that women had at the time. While Lysander probably had other options if he couldn't marry Hermia, Hermia had really only one option: the man her father chose for her."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ovid. Ovid: Amores, Metamorphoses: Selections. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers; 2nd edition. 2000.
  • Shakeparentsspeare, William. A Midsummer Night's Dream. Penguin Classics. 1981.

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