Discuss the ways in which desire animates the action of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."Special attention should be given to the relationships btw the characters and the opening and closing...

Discuss the ways in which desire animates the action of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Special attention should be given to the relationships btw the characters and the opening and closing scenes of the play.

Can someone point me in the right direction, please? I know that it's about mimetic desire, but I don't know how to explain it coherently :(

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kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Another important point to add to the answer above is that desire and love often make people do things they normally would not do.  Desire and love can cause people to make rash and not well-thought out decisions.  Emotions are very powerful!  On the other hand, desire and love can also motivate and inspire people to pursue their dreams.  Although some of the characters made rash and "crazy" decisions at times, they also did not give up on love and they remained determined to be with their true loves!

mdw29 | Student

Well, Hermia and Lysander go into the forest in the first place because they love each other and want to elope. Hermia tells her friend, Helena, who then tells Demetrius because she (Helena) wants his love and attention. Demetrius follows Hermia into the forest because he desires her and Helena follows Demetrius because she desires him. The web of desire and the relationships between the characters become even more complicated when Puck uses the potion on Lysander and Demetrius.

Also, Oberon punishes Titania by making her desire Bottom.

Also, the whole story is framed by Theseus and Hippolyta's wedding.

 

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