In William Shakespeare’s A midsummer night’s dream, We see how different emotions influence how we experience and perceive the world around us. When Oberon says “What thou seest when thou dost wake, do it for thy true love take/When thou wakest, it is thy dear: Wake when some vile thing is near” (2. 2. 30.) he shows how anger influences what we see. Oberon is angry with Titania, as she won’t give him the young changeling boy that he desires. Oberon also loves Titania as she does him, but at the current moment, Oberon’s anger is overpowering any other emotion he might feel. Anger makes people lash out towards others and act rashly. Oberon demonstrates this when he taints Titania’s eyes with the flower juice.

Similarly to anger, love can also cloud our judgement. We see this when Helena says “/…/ I will go tell him of fair Hermia’s flight/ If I have thanks, it is a dear expense/…”(1.1. 225-250). Here, Hermia comes to terms with the fact that if she tells Demetrius of Hermia and Lysander’s plans then she will most likely have to give up her friendship with Hermia. A bit later, we see how close Hermia and Helena are, yet despite all of this friendship and trust Helena tells Demetrius. This is love clouding Helena’s judgement. The lens that comes with love is seemingly eliminating anything that doesn’t involve Helena being with Demetrius. In fact, the majority of Helena’s actions in the play are influenced by love. It is a huge character trait for Helena’s character. We talk about character’s wants and fears, and Helena’s both involve Demetrius; A want to be with him and a fear of not.

Love and anger are the two driving forces in this play and they are evident in almost all the conflicts of the story. A midsummer night’s dream is completely based off of the power of human emotions and is an amazing show of the complete and utter chaos that can ensue because of them.