True Love and the Problem of Marital Materialism in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”


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An Modern Analysis of the Themes of True Love and the Problem of Marital Materialism in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
This drama study will analyze the important modern theme of love and materialism as it pertains to the powerful visual connection between the various romantic interests in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare. This play makes a commentary on the modern struggle between materialism (wealth, power, etc.) and the connection that makes love a universal driving force in the relationship of Hermia and Lysander. While modern audience members might see the monetary value that Egeus implies by forcing his daughter, Hermia, to marry Demetrius, love overcomes this shallow and limited view of marriage. In...
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.....k accidentally allows Lysander to fall in love with Helena due to a magic potion, the universal and timeless aspects of true love override the materialism of marriage involving money, power or prestige. In a visual sense, the play offers the modern audience an equally powerful representation of the sanctuary of true love in the forest, just as it had done for viewers within 17th century that viewed A Midsummer Night’s Dream during the time of Shakespeare. Invariably, thee theme of true love overrides the theme of corrupt materialism found in this timeless romantic comedy.
Works Cited:
Shakespeare, William. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 2011. June 20, 2011. <>