The Difficulty of Love

“The course of true love never did run smooth.” (I.i.134). This was stated by Lysander, and is arguably the most famous line from the play A Midsummers Night Dream. In a nutshell, this statement explains a predominant theme throughout the play which is the difficulty of love. In a very common twist, two men love the same women within this play. Lysander and Demetrius are both in love with Hermia, and this causes some problems to arise. The Athenians spend a lot of their time in the play blindly chasing love in the woods. While the Athenians are chasing love in the woods, the fairies mess with their senses, by using love potion. This love potion is Shakespeare’s way of illustrating the magical aspect of love. There is something supernatural that love embodies, and Shakespeare does a great job implementing this theme into the play.

Moving further into the play, Theseus states “Fair lovers, you are fortunately met. Of this discourse, we more will hear another.” (IV,i,184). This entire scene is a play on how people experience reality. Demetrius and Helena have no idea that they are under the spell of the love potion, but still experience their reality as loving one another. This brings up the question; Are humans ever fully aware of their senses, and the all the reasons they feel things? The obvious answer to this is no, as people experience emotions all the time that surprise them. For example, loving someone or something that has not been in someone’s life long, or hating for no reason. These emotions have the ability to warp reality into another form, and this is quite peculiar to think about. If people are not even fully aware of their own senses, then how do people expect to understand others? In theory, this should explain a lot of the misunderstandings in the world which create hate.

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