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There isn’t a more delicate or imaginative portrait of love than in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Shakespeare pokes gentle fun around them and their attitude to love.Love is something we all share no matter where we live and it disregards social status or age.Shakespeare has captured the spirit of it, its highs and lows, and the beauty of falling in love in some of the most poetical lines ever written.What happens in between is much the making of Puck, fairy king Oberon’s servant who is using the juice of a herb ‘ love-in-idleness’ to spin everybody into action, to confuse lovers and create fun in the enchanted forest where they all find themselves.Love appears to be a dream, kind of madness, introduced by the summer heat, a feeling governed not by reason but by fairy interventions: However irrational love is recognised by the characters as a transformational force.Malvolio develops a ‘very strange manner’ in his belief that Olivia has fallen for him.
Servant Maria reports that he has been seen in yellow stockings cross gartered with a silly smile.
Although Shakespeare rarely invents the plots of his plays, he has created here an exceptionally powerful image of young love.
The beauty of Shakespeare’s language and understanding of the young lovers emotions is what makes the play timeless.
Viola falls in love with Orsino at first sight, as well as Olivia with Cesario, Sebastian with Olivia.
Only Sir Toby and Maria really get to know each other. But like most women: In contrast, Duke Orsino is in love with the idea of love.
Beatrice takes him ‘in friendly recompense’ and ‘ consumption’, he takes her ‘in pity’.