Midsummer Night's Dream

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Vision and Dreams of Love The drama A Midsummer Night’s Dream, written by William Shakespeare, contains four love plots. The play is filled with references to eyes and vision. The plots of the play are hinged by the visualization used by Shakespeare to transform what the characters see and what they think they see. Throughout the play, Shakespeare uses physical and appearance visions to make the characters wonder if they are feeling true love or if it is just an illusion or a dream of love. The play began with Hermia wishing her father would see Lysander as the man that she does. Shakespeare wrote of Hermia “I would my father looked with but my eyes” (1.1.56). Although this reference to eyes is mainly set to Egeus, Hermia’s father, it seems to be a materialistic view. He sees with his physical eyes what is on the outside of Lysander instead of looking to what is on the inside of emotions. He does not see the gifts that Lysander gives to Hermia as love; he sees them as bribes for her to love him. Shakespeare wrote of Egeus “And stol’n the impression of her fantasy/ With bracelets of thy hair, rings, gauds, conceits,/ Knacks, trifles, nosegays, sweetmeats-messengers” (1.1.32-34). Egeus prefers Demetrius to be the one for his daughter as he tries to force Hermia into his concepts of love and standards of marriage. The first scene starts the complications of the characters views to be a conflict between what they think they see on the outside and what they see on the inside for true…...

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