Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet

Universidad Nacional de San Martin

Licenciatura en Lengua Inglesa

Dra. Gabriela Leighton

Literatura Inglesa I

Gimenez Solange Paola
DNI: 29.734.109

July 2009

Study “love” in Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet
What do we really mean when we refer to the word love? Do we talk about the same thing when we talk about love? Perhaps we can start talking about this mysterious feeling by stating as a first step that love can be any of a number of emotions and experiences related to a sense of strong affection and attachment.
In most of Shakespeare’s plays, love is always present, but not always presented in the same way. Love is touched differently in a wide variety of aspects, showing that different types of love can exist, and sometimes giving birth to the origin of different feelings.
In Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s aim is to show a dark but really funny side of love. The fairies´ role in the forest is to make light of love by mistaking the four lovers and by applying a love potion to Titania´s eyes, which forces her to fall in love with one of the craftsmen whose head has been replaced by the one of an ass. Taking into account Benedetto Croce´s insights, we can say that in spite of the darkness and difficulties that love encounters along this play. Midsummer Night´s Dream is still considered a lighthearted comedy which main objective is to produce fun on the audience by presenting the torments and afflictions   that those in love usually suffer.
“Love is sincere, yet deceives and is deceived; it imagines itself to be firm and constant, and turns out to be fragile and fleeting”1. In other words the play, shows a contrast between one idea and another. For instance we can see how serious and tragic the love story between Pyramus and Thisbe is taken, and how this one completely differs from the comic one lived by Hermia and Lysander.
The play also highlights how deep strong and difficult the feeling of true love can sometimes be: “The...