A Midsummer Nights Dream Quotes by William Shakespeare
Midsummer night love potion proves a work of fiction
It has been interpreted as a romantic story in which love ultimately conquers all odds, but it's actually about the importance of power, sex, and fertility, not love. These points undermine the argument that this play is a typical love story and fortify the case that Shakespeare intended to demonstrate the powers that triumph over love. Lysander and Hermia are the only characters in the play who are really in love. Even for true lovers, it isn't love that conquers, but power in the form of royal decree. The second idea, the weakness of love, comes in the form of fairy magic. The four young lovers and an imbecilic actor are entangled in a love game, puppet-mastered by Oberon and Puck.
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The course of true love never did run smooth. Helena, Act 1 Scene 1 I must go seek some dewdrops here, And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear. Fairy, Act 2 Scene 1 Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania. Oberon, Act 2 Scene 1 Bless thee, Bottom! Bless thee! Thou art translated.
To live a barren sister all your life, Chanting faint hymns to the cold fruitless moon. A "barren sister" is a nun. But earthlier happy is the rose distilled Than that which withering on the virgin thorn Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness. The course of true love never did run smooth. Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it, Making it momentany as a sound, Swift as a shadow, short as any dream; Brief as the lightning in the collied night, That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth, And ere a man hath power to say "Behold!
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