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Christopher Hunter Mr. Sieker Engl. 1414-2130 27 February 2017 Windows to the Psyche: How the Motif of Eyes and Seeing Relate to Love in A Midsummer Night’s Dream Love, much like food, water, and shelter, is a necessity for humanity if it is to perpetuate a healthy and civilized existence. It is through love that humans as a collective species are able to consolidate their individual selves and that of the person or people for which they have great affection. Consequently, it is no exaggeration to say that love is among the primary cornerstones of societies and peoples from all walks of life. Nevertheless, this leaves the question in which its answers in regards to love are inherently subjective in nature: what prompts humans to find love in others? Although there are a plethora of different answers, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream provides a well constructed one in his classic story of romantic love and comedy. His play follows the story of four couples in their pursuit of happiness by finding one way or another to be with the person they love dearly. However, they begin having experiences beyond their wildest dreams when magic and deception befall them, courtesy of the scheming Oberon and mischievous Robin Goodfellow. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream the motif of eyes, sight, and appearance are emphasized to represent an important determinant of love. This motif, along with various others, comment on the nature of love and how complex it can be. Through William Shakespeare’s focus on these motifs in rather contradictory ways is the reader able to meticulously formulate their own critical conclusions about love and of what it is truly composed.
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As the play begins the reader will see that Hermia and Lysander, one of the three couples, are forced into a tough situation mainly due to the fact that Hermia is a woman with a opinion disliked by her father, Egeus, in a male-centered society. After a vehement argument within Theseus’s court Hermia and Lysander devise a plan to get married without incurring the wrath of Egeus or Athenian law by fleeing towards the Magic Forest. Seeing their happiness, Helena,
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  • Fall '13
  • Daniel Napper
  • English, Motif, Hermia, Helena, Titania, A Midsummer Night

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