Essay on A Midsummer NIght's Dream

Submitted By KamrynH
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William Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is an English Renaissance comedy that features characters that go through chaotic obstacles for love and acceptance. The play contains numerous love triangles of rejection and obsession, only to find in the end that there is someone for everyone. A twenty first century adaption of this play is the movie entitled, “Get Over It”, which takes place in a typical American high school setting. The main characters struggle to hold on to the ones they love and go through all types of hurdles to obtain love. This movie can be said to be somewhat of a remix of the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. In fact, the similar plot characteristics both tie into the idea that there is someone for everyone in the world, you just have to be aware of your surroundings and realize what is in front of you.

In “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Hermia, Demetrius, and Lysander are trapped in a love triangle in which both Lysander and Demetrius love Hermia, but her love only extends to Lysander. Hermia and Lysander run away from home because Hermia’s father has forbidden her to marry anyone besides Demetrius. The two travel through the forest and encounter many different chaotic obstacles to only return to each other’s arms in the end. Demetrius, on the other hand, follows the couple into the woods to both flee from his ex, Helena, and to profess his undying love for Hermia. In the movie “Get Over It,” Berke, Allison, and Striker are caught in a similar love triangle in which both Berke and Striker love Allison, but Allison only loves Striker. Allison and Berke were madly in love, but Allison broke up with Berke for Striker, the hot new guy that plays in a band. In the play, Demetrius is a key player that ties these two literary pieces together. Berke would be the 21st century version of Demetrius and Kelly, his best friend’s little sister, would be the 21st century of Helena. In the beginning of both pieces, the feelings between the two characters are not mutual. However, in the end of both pieces, the characters end up together. This scenario is taken directly from the play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, which makes this an example of a hard remix of the play. In Shakespeare’s version, Demetrius never proclaims to have a legitimate reason to why he stopped loving Helena. In the remixed version of this scenario, Berke never really paid that much attention to Kelly so his feelings were never there to begin with. It takes a fairy to step in and make Demetrius realize that he truly did love Helena even though she had been there the entire time. For Berke, he had to get Kelly’s help with a play that was originally a plan for him to get back Allison in order for him to realize that he was really in love with Kelly. These two situations both contribute to the overall point that I believe Shakespeare was trying make with the play: the person who you are truly meant to be with, is usually the person right in front of your eyes.

Along with the idea stated above, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” contains numerous underlying motives. In my quoted text