A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream Love Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
OBERSONFetch me that flower; the herb I shew'd thee once:The juice of it on sleeping eye-lids laidWill make or man or woman madly doteUpon the next live creature that it sees. (2.1.8)
As Oberon explains here, when the magic love juice is sprinkled into someone's eyes, it causes the person to fall instantly in love with the first creature he or she sees. Hmm. This seems to be symbolic of "love at first sight," don't you think? Go to "Symbolism" for more on this.
LYSANDER Hang off, thou cat, thou burr! vile thing, let loose,Or I will shake thee from me like a serpent!HERMIA Why are you grown so rude? what change is this?Sweet love,--LYSANDER Thy love! out, tawny Tartar, out!Out, loathed medicine! hated potion, hence! (3.2.12)
After Lysander has been drugged by Oberon's love juice, he falls instantly in love with Helena and violently out of love with Hermia. What's interesting is that, when characters fall out of love in this play, their love turns into hate rather than indifference. What's up with that?
TITANIA My Oberon! what visions have I seen!Methought I was enamour'd of an ass.OBERON There lies your love.TITANIA How came these things to pass?O, how mine eyes do loathe his visage now! (4.1.6)
When Titania awakens from the love spell, she has a classic "What was I thinking?" moment. Not only does she realize that she was literally in love with an "ass" (Shakespeare's little joke), she also admits that she can no longer stand the sight of the creature of which she was once "enamour'd." Some things never change.