Why do fools fall in love?
Well, we are coming to the end of our study of Shakespeare and it’s time to finally figure out why people fall in love. Tonight, read the excerpt by Professor R.W. Dent below. Then, listen to and view the video of “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers. Finally, write your own response based on your understanding of Shakespeare, the song, the critic, and your life.
As always, please follow the rules of standard written English, and don’t forget to respond to at least one other classmate’s response in this thread.
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream the origin of love never lies in reason. Love may be consistent with reason—e.g., Lysander is undeniably “a worthy gentleman”—and a healthy imagination, although influenced by love, will not glaringly rebel against reason. But as Hermia initially indicates, her choice is dictated not by her judgment but by her “eyes,” by the vision of Lysander as her love-dictated imagination reports it. As Helena says at the close of this same introductory scene, love sees with that part of the mind that has no taste of judgment. Essentially this is as true for Hermia as for the others, although her choice conflicts with parental authority rather than with sound evaluation of her beloved’s merits.
Dent, R. W. “Imagination in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”Shakespeare 400. Ed. James G. McManaway.New York: Holt, 1964.