Examine how shakespeare presents love in act 1 scene 1 of ‘a midsummer night’s dream’ 875 words | 4 pages examine how shakespeare presents love in act 1 scene 1 of ‘a midsummer night’s dream’ love is a theme which reoccurs through many of shakespeare’s plays. Helena is a conflicted character but one who will be rewarded for stepping out of her comfort zone in pursuing demetrius when, ultimately, she will be rewarded with his love shakespeare has cleverly used helena to display the plight of women as they must remain passive and, without insulting his male audience, he has revealed how this otherwise pathetic character stands up for women's rights. Helena wants to be more like her friend in order to win back demetrius’ heart hers is the harder love story to swallow, as demetrius is in effect drugged to be in love with her, but she accepts it all the same. Love appears in several different ways in shakespeare’s a midsummer night’s dream hermia and lysander show true love, while helena demonstrates unrequited love titania and bottom presents us with magic love.
- william shakespeare's a midsummer night's dream is very unique because there is a play within a play shakespeare uses the interesting qualities of the characters to narrate the play. A common theme in literature is love love can take hold in an instant and can make you do things you never would have done otherwise love appears in several different ways in shakespeare’s a midsummer night’s dream hermia and lysander show true love, while helena demonstrates unrequited love titania and bottom presents us with magic love.
How shakespeare presents each group of charachters in a midsummer night's dream the whole play revolves around four main groups: the fairies, the mechanicals, the royals and the lovers. Helena when first introduced, helena demonstrates the insecurities she has about her looks and her jealousy towards her friend hermia who has unwittingly stolen the affections of demetrius from her helena wants to be more like her friend in order to win back demetrius’ heart.
Shakespeare's characters: helena (all's well that ends well) from the complete works of william shakespeare vol 3 ed evangeline maria o'connor ja hill and co in the character of juliet we have seen the passionate and the imaginative blended in an equal degree, and in the highest conceivable degree as combined with delicate female nature.
To present helena, shakespeare uses carefully crafted language and a range of techniques such as metaphors, similes and hyperboles the audience’s reaction to helena changes throughout the play, for example, at different points in the play, we feel sympathetic towards her. Helena, like the other three, is tossed and tumbled around in the fairy-ruled forest like ingredients in a mix, very like the youthful experience of romantic love, which, by the way, was a popular concept in shakespeare's work.
Helena is basically saying that even though it would pain her to see demetrius chasing after hermia she would still do it at this moment the audience would’ve felt annoyed and sympathetic the audience annoyed at helena because she had ruined her best friend’s plan just to help her in her love life this would be considered as selfish. Shakespeare also presents love through conflict, for example, the friendship shared by hermia and helena show how even best friends since youth can be turned against each other when love is involved.
Examine how shakespeare presents love in act 1 scene 1 of ‘a midsummer night’s dream’ love is a theme which reoccurs through many of shakespeare’s plays in ‘a midsummer night’s dream’, the theme ‘love’ is presented from the very beginning in act 1 scene 1, through shakespeare’s use of poetic language, structure and vivid imagery.