In what ways does A Midsummer Night’s Dream challenge ideas about love?
Your response should include a discussion of a broad range of textual features, especially features specific to the dramatic form.
discuss the types of love and evaluate what Shakespeare is saying through each.
Hermia and Lysander ‘true’ love – what does that represent? Ideas of choice, freedom, rejection of tradition
Theseus and Hippolyta – conquered possession – forced love, man has power over woman ‘love that is tradition’
Manipulated love – Helena wants Demetrius. He doesn’t want her. So the idea of love that isn’t returned.
Midsummer night’s dream summary link:
Read the summary to get an idea about the story,
BUT please use quotes from midsummer nights dream.