The Addiction of Love: Confusing, Unpredictable, & Yet So Great

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This was an essay assignment for my 9th grade english class. Our assignment was to compare “A Midsummer Night's Dream” by William Shakespeare to two different contemporary pieces of work. I compared mine to "The Alarming Sound of a Still Small Voice" by Saosin & “The Beast Within” by Before Their Eyes & the topic of love. This is my rough copy of my essay but overall I was kind of proud of what I was able to produce but as I usually say I would love your feedback so please tell me what your thinking while you read this.
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--I don't own any of the quotes that are said from either A Midsummer Nights Dream or either songs by Saosin or Before Their Eyes. But basically anything that is in quotes.

Submitted: January 01, 2010

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The Addiction of Love: Confusing, Unpredictable, & Yet So Great



It is from love that we are able to see the true battle we face within over our emotions and what we want. Love can be pure and sweet but it can also pull you in like a drug in which you then lose control of how you want to feel. We as people get lost in it and want more. This theme is not only shown throughout the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare but also in the song "The Beast Within" by Before Their Eyes. There is also no doubt that love is confusing as well as unpredictable; you can't really help whom you fall for or why. It brings out the best and the worst in all of us. It is this thought that is portrayed in the song "The Alarming Sound of a Still Small Voice" by Saosin, because of how the person singing it feels about what is happening to him, which is that he is falling in love. For some, none of all the bad stuff that love may bring compares to how marvelous and spectacular else it is. We ask ourselves if love is worth it or not, and honestly it is all based on how much you want it and if you are willing to push through those tough times of confusion and loss of control over one’s emotion and unpredictability. There is no point in fighting the inevitable because no matter what you do to protect yourself love will always bring those mix of emotions, it is just how love works.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play that is filled with the perfect example of how love is not controllable and extremely unpredictable. We see the different characters all tangled up into this web of uncertainty, which is shown through the love square that is formed by Helena, Demetrius, Hermia, and Lysander. At the beginning of the play Demetrius wishes to marry Hermia, however Hermia has no intention of marrying him because her love is with Lysander who returns this love. There is then Helena who is madly in love with Demetrius whom she was supposed to be married to until he broke it off because he no longer had feelings for her. Then a third party interferes, Oberon, the king of the fairies and Puck, Oberon’s servant like figure try to rightfully justify the situation because Oberon saw how Demetrius treated Helena and sympathized with her so he sent Puck to put love potion on “the young Athenian man”. It was then that Puck put the potion on Lysander’s eyes instead which makes him fall in love with Helena. To fix his mistake he goes and puts some on Demetrius’ eyes who also falls in love with Helena. Obviously Helena is confused and thinks that they are all playing a cruel trick on her and toying with her emotions, while Hermia is left alone without anyone just as confused. Eventually Puck realizes this is all wrong as well so in his attempt to make amends and correct the situation he puts some more potion on Lysander’s eyes who falls back in love with Hermia and all is right again. But what this whole mix up proves is that you really can’t help whom you love. Yes in the play they could with the love potion, but in reality there is no such thing. Also from this play we see how love makes one crazy and lose control of all sensibility. “The course of true love never did run smooth.” [1.1.136]—said by Lysander—is without a doubt completely accurate when it comes to A Midsummer Night’s Dream because all the characters had their fair share of obstacles to overcome, and it was not easy at all, which maybe what makes the good moments of love so great and addicting.

The band Before Their Eyes has a song called "The Beast Within", which is about a person who is being taken over by love, and it’s kind of like their drug. When you think about it love is like a drug that isn't entirely bad for you but it may have its downsides but for sure it gets you addicted. This song relates to A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the sense that most of the people in the play are madly in love with another character and they really can't do anything about it because it’s just how they feel which can’t be easily altered. The chorus line of “The Beast Within” says "I can feel it taking over me. There's no stoppin’ me I can feel it taking. I'm addicted to what I've become" shows how once you are in love you really can’t do anything else to make it stop and once you have that feeling inside, you are wanting to be with the person that is causing such great emotions. Even in the title itself, "The Beast Within", one can kind of interpret it to mean that everyone has love in them, and that they are just waiting for the right person to release that love and once it is released it is unstoppable and you can no longer control it. Once you are in love there is no turning back, that feeling will always be a part of you; and would most probably pursue that sensation. Nick Moore, lead singer and writer of Before Their Eyes’ lyrics, proves this point when he sings halfway through the song, “My heart is racing; I can't stop chasing after you.” The ideas that love can be restricted and within full control is inaccurate, and is proven through both the song “The Beast Within” as well as A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Another scenario where love proves to be mystifying and make us as humans unsure of what we are supposed to do is during the song "The Alarming Sound of a Still Small Voice" by Saosin. It is in this song that current lead singer of Saosin, Cove Reber sings about how he isn’t sure if he worthy of the one he cares for and again the idea of love being addicting & drug like returns when he sings, “I knew I never deserved you, I just felt so high in size. I move along, I shuffled in place then back hand and you're pulling me in.” This one excerpt from the song is something that many people feel as they are starting to fall into love. Right after that part is sung Reber sings, “Am I right where I need to be, or is this another distraction? Is this how I'm supposed to feel? I've been trying to let go. Is there a change you need to see, or is this another disaster. Tell me how I'm supposed to feel, I've been trying to let go.”, and this is when the confusion sets in. It is very distinct that Reber isn’t entirely sure whether he likes the way he is feeling or not. In result he does try to let go of these emotions, however love doesn’t work like that. It is like the saying “True love doesn’t have a happy ending, because true love never ends.” The complexity of love is indescribable but as said before once you have fallen for someone it is always something that you will carry within you. It brings a combination of happiness, sadness, uncertainty but all-in-all love is something unique in what it brings to each person.

Though I have not personally been in love, I can only imagine how it makes one feel. Something that really helps me perceive what it is like are these pieces of writing that are mentioned. However I do understand that love is unique from person to person and alters ones thoughts pretty drastically. The idea of love is something that cannot be descried to the fullest extent; it is something one must experience. For those of us who are still waiting we take what we learn from these various types of writings and try to imagine what it would be like. The concept that, without the pain that love brings we wouldn’t know how great the happy moments are and yes, it is confusing and possibly even aggravating, but it can all be worth it, is significantly put across for all to realize in these pieces of work. So what is love? One could say it is something addicting or amazing or possibly even a mix of all emotions into one, it is just how you perceive it to be.


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