A Midsummer’s Nights Dream by William Shakespeare The play A Midsummer’s Nights Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated and dramatized works. The play connects three different stories into one using the background of a forest that is enchanted by fairies. Though the play may seem to be little more than a theatrical performance to keep audiences entertained in the sixteenth century, but in essence the play carries a number of different themes in its nuances. The play spins around the theme of love predominantly such as through the story of the Athenian lovers and the story of the Duke of Athens and the Queen of the Amazons. The love presented in this play is also complicated by the workings of Puck who both causes confusion and then aids in resolving it.
Another overwhelming theme is the loss of individual identity that is personified through the friction between Oberon and Titania as well as through the actions of other characters. This loss of identity is the very reason why Puck ends up placing the juice of the flower on Lysander’s eyes instead of Demetrius. It could be argued that the loss of identity being displayed in this play signifies the loss of identity required in love based relationships. The characters in this play suffer before they meet up in their desired roles and relationships. This series of events depicted in this play could also signify the sacrifices required on the part of lovers to become one through union. Also, the play makes it clear that misunderstandings are parts of relationships and can be cleared up for forging stronger bonds.