Essay on The Course of True Love Never Runs Smooth

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While true love is treasured when achieved, its rarity can be attributed to the multitude of obstacles lovers must face. Couples often have trouble expressing their love for one another or may face challenges within the marriages. Whether it be disagreements, affection of surroundings, friendships lost, or jealousy, the quest for true love has its consequences. This concept is expressed several times in A Midsummer’s Night Dream, in the cases of many of the lovers. However, it can be argued that although complications ensue, true love is worth a life of trouble.
In the struggles of Hermia and Lysander to find a place where they can freely express their true love, it is evident that the course of something as scarce as true love always
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This is supported by Titania and Oberon’s own quarrels. In their clashes over the changeling boy: “Oberon is passing fell and wrath / because that she, as her attendant, hath / a lovely boy stolen from an Indian King; … / but she perforce withholds the loved boy” (2.1. 20-26), Oberon is so jealous of Titania’s attendant that he resolves to deceive his wife with a love potion and turn their quarrel into an even larger brouhaha. Although true love is both scarce and treasured, there are always troubles that cause its course to never run smooth. Not only do loving couples face challenges with their love, but in some cases, even their surroundings are affected. In the case of the quarrels between Oberon and Titania, the nature surrounding them was visibly disturbed. “That rheumatic diseases do abound. / and thorough this distemperature we see / the seasons alter: hoary headed frosts” (2.1.108-110), Titania states, regarding their quarrels imminent effects. She informs Oberon that their silly arguments are causing diseases to spread and cause temperature and frosts to come. The relationship between their true love and nature is further emphasized when their disputes are resolved: “Now thou and I are new in amity, / and will tomorrow midnight solemnly… / wedded with Theseus, all in jollity” (4.1.91-96). In this example, Oberon explains that since Titania and Oberon are reunited nature itself will fall into joint. Their dance following this

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