Sunday, May 19, 2019
The course of true love is not only unsmooth, it is in addition irrational, whimsical, and unpredictable. This truth written by William Shakespeare is on ample display in one of his most hot romantic managedies, A Midsummer Nights Dream. Theseus formulates the correlation that exists mingled with the insanity often expressed in the actions of appetency and the words of a poet during his speech near the end of the play when he observes that The lunatic, the lover, and the poet / Are of imagination every(prenominal) compact (V. i. 7-8).The lunatic, lover and poet share the trait of achieving a state of consciousness that lifts them high over the hindrances that come with logic and allows them to glide sweetly over the chasm that will place them gently at the feet of the mark of their desire. Theseus asserts that this form of faith translate allows heaven to be transformed into hell for the lunatic, while the lover is allowed to transform the poor into the beautiful, or hell in to heaven. The poet is allowed his own special power that of a God who can create from nothing either a heaven or hell.The implication found in Theseus observation is that desire is real just a fantastic illusion stripped of its truth. Is Shakespeare asserting that desire is simply a insincere emotion? If so, then would not that mean that Theseus desire for Hippolyta is a desire that is somehow released from this bondage of delusion? But if that is so, then how to explain how he so readily fixed his desire upon another? Shakespeare gives no facile answer to these questions. Shakespeare chooses instead to make the paradox in question here the theme of the play.Throughout A Midsummer Nights Dream, the unpredictability of love and desire is surveyed as the characters set forth on their respective journeys toward a love that is completely off-kilter while also maintaining a foundation of reality that belies the magic of the forest. Helenas speech in the opening scene is the plays mo st direct evidence of Shakespeares thematic c at oncern Things bottom and vile, holding no quantity / Love can transpose to form and dignity./ Love looks not with the eyes, only when with the mind, /And therefore is move Cupid painted blind (I. i. 232-235). What Helena intuits is that desire is exempt from explanation, that it is contradictory and maddeningly and, ultimately, has the single greatest influence on human actions. Distraught over the revelation that her own beloved, Demetrius, is in love with Hermia instead of her, Helena asserts that though Demetrius is incapable of seeing she is as beautiful as Hermia.She believes that love is endowed with the authority to convert pes and vile qualities into form and dignity-even ugliness and bad behavior can seem attractive to somebody you love. She argues that since love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind that love therefore is not based on intent analysis, but subjective perception. These lines anticipate facts of the plays assessment of love to come, including Titanias desire for the ass-headed Bottom, which stands as the apex of the transformation of the base and vile into form and dignity.The theme of loves unsmooth path is portrayed through the conceit of things being eccentric and out of balance wheel throughout the multiple romantic entanglements, focusing especially on the asymmetrical relationships between the four young Athenians Hermia loves Lysander, Lysander loves Hermia, Helena loves Demetrius, and Demetrius loves Hermia instead of Helena. The course of true love in this play is in actuality a quest to restore balance and set the world on an even keel once again.The goal is to get back to symmetry. Even the relationship between Titania and Oberon is subject to the power of balance being lost. In this case, the off-kilter quality arises from Oberons coveting of Titanias Indian boy, which she believes is greater than his love for her. Of course, Titania herself will submit to the ti p perception in her desire for Bottom. A Midsummer Nights Dream proposes that no easy route exists that reaches the object of anyones desire.This is even true when both parties on are the same path and headed toward each other. Lysander and Hermia take this route, unless eventually discover a hindrance in the form of her fathers wish that she marry another. Shakespeare is remarkably problematical at demonstrating how desire can influence the course of true love even when that desire is not carnal. In the end, Shakespeare seems to posit the idea that desire is not really in itself a false emotion, but is an illusion that often serves to make love false.