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A Midsummer Night's Dream

             William Shakespeare's A Midsummer-Night's Dream has a unique story structure to be not understood easily without analysis about all characters" actions and dialogs. From the beginning to the end, this play does not take developing steps like the other plays but tells several stories, each of which occurs during a single summer night in a magical forest outside Athens, in which independent characters" groups, lovers, fairies, and craftsmen, develops their own incidents. These three independent groups and their stories are bound with the theme, "love". .
             From Hermia and Lysander's belief on their true love in ACT I to the appearance of fairies and the love story of "Pyramus and Thisbe at the end of this play, Shakespeare makes us think about what is the mean of true love. Therefore, I analysis the meaning of this love in each characters" groups and try to find out the message that Shakespeare shows us in this play. .
             The concepts of love in Athena youth.
             In ACT I, after the exit of Theseus who offers Hermia the choice of the nunnery or death, Lysander soothe Hermia and tells her the insurmountable difficulties to obtain true love: "Ay me! for aught that I could ever read, / Could ever hear by tale or history, / The course of true love never did run smooth; / But, either it was different in blood,---" (771). He goes on to list a number of these difficulties: differences in age: ("misgrafted in respect of years") and problems caused by "friends" or "war, death, or sickness" (771). He also says that these difficulties make love seem "swift as a shadow, short as any dream" (771). Because Hermia is forced by her father to fulfill his decision, to marry Demetrius, she reacts intensely and negatively to the choice lover by other's eyes among the barrier of love that Lysander tells her: "O hell! To choose love by another's eyes" (771). And she comments, lovers must persevere, treating their difficulties as a price that must be paid for romantic bliss.

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