In Midsummers Night Dream, the whole seems to frustrate with appearance and reality at one point. The gift of love and the influence of magic is used to create a confusion. Love, no matter magic is propagated or real, often deprives people of their common sense, making it hard for them to differentiate between appearance and reality. This shows that they misunderstood what is real with what is not real. Indeed, this phenomenon still exists in nowadays 21st century.
Beauty can be seen in many different forms such as personal appearance, personality. In the past, Ancient Greeks admired beauty as a sum of parts formed into a coherent whole with symmetry, harmony, and proportion as the key elements. However, is Beauty really more important than your own self? Can beauty conquer your own soul? I can tell that most of the human beings living on world fall against with those questions because beauty is not about the looks, the dress, or things in your body, like jewelries.
Beauty however means something different to different kinds of people. The meaning of beauty is influenced by our environmental surrounding, community, news, peers, perception and experiences. When people think about beauty we think about the physical visual appearance. I find that the media and society teaches beauty using visual examples. We all know beauty but do we understand it? Indeed, we all don’t understand the underlying meaning of “Beauty”. Beauty is anything, it could be happiness or something simple. It can be diverse when times goes on or changes in cultures. It is the true self that always stays with you, it could shine through your body and even spread to the others. Although beauty is often exaggerated, confused and umbrageous by a vast amount of conflicting pressures, our deepest soul will never fade. We have to accept our destiny, no one is perfect, the perfect ones are always artificially “packaged”.
Comparing to the plot, the moon is not only a luminous, passive watcher in the night sky, but it is a powerful force. It has an exhilarating effect on all the characters and seems to advocate weird and immoral attitude. By the moon, everything turns different from itself and the characters turned dreamy and strange. In addition, the love potion also arouse controversy between reality and appearance, while Oberon sprinkling the flower-juice on another one’s eyelids, making the other to fall into a non-real situation. Therefore, which person should Titania fall in love with? Oberon or the first man Titania sees when she woke? I believe everyone would choose Oberon.
In nowadays, there is a trend of undergoing cosmetic surgery while everyone admires a sense of perfection. Having a glamorous skin, defined nose and an angular jawline, is almost of every women’s dream. In fact, no matter how you add different kinds of chemicals or “preservatives” into your “shell”, the only thing that could not be erased or amend is your personality and your inborn behaviour. Everyone’s true heart cannot hide behind their flawless skin or an elegant gown.
Our bodies are just only a case that grants us to beam our confessions and achievements through. They are a shell that exposes our happiest and most remarkable experiences for the world to share with us. No culture, company or concept could ever elucidate beauty. It is composed of the moments that draw upon our strength, and consume us with the incredible and stimulating acquaintances of being alive.