In and love do not always go

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, reason and love keep little company together.  The first couple in the play that does not make sense is Theseus and Hippolyta. “Hippolyta, I wooed thee with my sword and won thy love doing thee injuries, but I will wed thee in another key, with pomp, with triumph, and with reveling (Act 1, Scene 1, lines 17-20)”. Theseus explains that though he wooed Hippolyta with his sword (and presumably captured her in combat), he wishes to marry her. Ultimately, it can be questioned if truth, reason, and love have much to do with each other in relationships like Theseus and Hippolyta’s in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.Another couple that shows that truth, reason, and love do not always go hand in hand is Helena and Demetrius.  In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Demetrius explains to Helena that he doesn’t and cannot love her because of his love for Hermia. Until, Oberon applies the nectar to Demetrius’ eyes and the spell draws him to Helena. “Lysander, keep thy Hermia. I will none. If e’er I loved her, all that love is gone. My heart to her but as guest-wise sojourned, and now to Helena is it home returned  (Act 3, Scene 2, lines 172-175).” Demetrius immediately falls in love with Helena and forgets all of the feelings he felt for Hermia. Ultimately, the love (and subsequent marriage) between Demetrius and Helena is due to the application of the flower’s magic nectar to Demetrius’ eyes. This can also be seen in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the couple of Helena and Lysander. Lysander explains to Hermia his plan for them to flee Athens and get married. Mistakenly, Puck anoints the eyes of Lysander with the spell and he awakes to fall in love with Helena. “Content with Hermia? No, I do repent the tedious minutes I with her have spent. Not Hermia, but Helena I love. Who will not change a raven for a dove? The will of man is by his reason swayed, and reason says you are the worthier maid (Act 2, Scene 2, lines 118-123).”  Later, this relationship ends when the mistake is recognized by Oberon and the spell is reversed. By the end of A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  Lysander loves Hermia again and Demetrius loves Helena. The last relationship is Bottom and Titania. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titania is married to Oberon, the king of the fairies. At the same time, however,  Oberon orders Robin Goodfellow to obtain a special flower.  Puck, at the order of Oberon, places the love potion upon the eyes of Titania who falls madly in love with Bottom. At the end of the play, the relationship between Bottom and Titania stops when Oberon reverses the spell. “My Oberon, what visions have I seen! Methought I was enamored of an ass (Act 4, Scene 1, lines 77-78).” In conclusion, there are several relationships in A Midsummer Night’s Dream that have little to do with truth and reason showing that reason and love keep little company together.