Love is not easy

HERMIA'S MIXTAPE

THEME: Love can be filled with bumps and obstructions

In Shakespeare's play, love is obviously the driving force beyond almost everything. With love, jealousy comes along also, and helps to drive the play. The background behind the play or the "unwritten prequel", if you will, was that Hermia and Lysander loved each other, as did Demetrius and Helena. It was almost perfect, in terms of love. Then, everything changed. To acheive this again, Hermia and Lysander had to run away into the woods, with Demetrius pursuing and Helena following him, and getting lost. Friendships and trust were broken for "love". Oberon's jealousy of Titania's Indian child lead him to use the spell of "love" against her, and, after seeing Helena, tried to fix the problem by making Demetrius love her. It doesn't work out as planned, and so many things go wrong. However, at the end, everything is fixed, and Lysander and Hermia can even marry inside of Athens. This character, Hermia, exemplifies this message, because she and Lysander love each other, but all that happens is an obstacle to their love. Her father forbidding it, Demetrius pursuing, Puck's mistake, etc. It brings out the worst in them both, and threatens to destroy their ties. However, their love lasts until the end, and they do end up being able to be together and even get married in Athens
Demi Lovato - Neon Lights (Official)

TRACK ONE: "NEON LIGHTS" BY DEMI LOVATO

"......We'll be shooting stars just passing by....."


Hermia would be listening to this song before and right after her father forbid her from marrying Lysander, because it gives her support that her love for Lysander really for. It's also to help her decide what to do. She would be directing this song to Lysander, and it's to show how much she does love Lysander.

One Direction - Ready to Run (Audio)

TRACK TWO: "READY TO RUN" BY ONE DIRECTION

".....This time I'm ready to run, escape from the city and follow the sun. 'Cause I wanna be yours, don't you wanna be mine?........Wherever you are is the place I belong."


Hermia would be listening to this song right before she goes to escape Athens with Lysander. This song would give her the courage and determination she needs to go through with such a plan. This song would be directed toward Lysander, and it is the first obstacle she has to overcome in the pursuit of love.

Sam Smith - Stay With Me

TRACK THREE: "STAY WITH ME" BY SAM SMITH

".....Oh, won't you stay with me? 'Cause you're all I need........"


Hermia would be listening to this song as she falls asleep with Lysander beside her. She would be directing the sentiments of this song to Lysander, however, this song varies in the fact that in this song, the people are not actually in love. Anyway, this song is helping her get through the fear of being in the wilderness at night, reassuring her that she will be okay as long as Lysander is next to her. Hermia is learning how far you have to go for love, but also finding that love itself is reassuring.

Katy Perry - Roar (Official)

TRACK FOUR: "ROAR" BY KATY PERRY

".....I got the eye of tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire

'Cause I am a champion and you're gonna hear me roar....."


Hermia would be listening to this song right before she has her huge fight with Helena. She would direct the sentiments of the song toward Helena. She would be learning how much you have to fight for love, and if it is worth fighting for. She had always been really nice to Helena, but this pushes her over the edge.

Maroon 5 - Payphone (Lyrics) ft. Wiz Khalifa

TRACK FIVE: "PAYPHONE" BY MAROON 5

"....Where have the times gone? Baby, it's all wrong

where are the plans we made for two....."


Hermia would be listening to this as she is trying to find Lysander after Lysander shook her off and went to duel Demetrius. She would be directing the sentiments of this song toward Lysander. She begins to wonder, as she listens to this song, if some obstacles can be passed.

One Direction - Where Do Broken Hearts Go (Audio)

TRACK SIX: "WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO" BY ONE DIRECTION

"....Now I'm searching every lonely place

Every corner calling out your name...."


Hermia would be listening to this song as she falls asleep after being too tired to try to find Lysander anymore. She would be directing the sentiments of the song toward Lysander. She's trying to overcome this obstacle, but she's almost given up, out of exhaustion.

Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me

TRACK SEVEN: "YOU BELONG WITH ME" BY TAYLOR SWIFT

"....Baby, you belong with me, you belong with me....."


Hermia would be listening to this song as she thinks about Lysander and how he said he loves Helena now. She would be directing the sentiments of the song toward Lysander, and thinking about if their love can and will last.

Ariana Grande - Best Mistake ft. Big Sean

TRACK EIGHT: "BEST MISTAKE" BY ARIANA GRANDE (FT. BIG SEAN)

"......Dealing with emotions that never left
Playing with the hand that we were dealt in this game...."


Hermia would be listening to this song after she and Lysander and Helena and Demetrius were reunited, and they are all confused as to what happened. The sentiments of the song would be directed toward Lysander. This would add to the theme, because Hermia is seeing that even through all the bumps and obstacles, their love still persists.
Taylor Swift - Love Story

TRACK NINE: "LOVE STORY" BY TAYLOR SWIFT

"......Marry me, Juliet, you'll never have to be alone.
I love you, and that's all I really know......"


Hermia would be listening to this song as she, Lysander, Helena, and Demetrius. She would be directing the sentiments of this song to Lysander, and this song is basically how after all that mess, she and Lysander can finally get married, even in Athens. It's a happy ending. This furthers the theme, how even though they had to go through many bumps and pass many obstacles, their love overcame that.
Pharrell Williams - Happy (Official Music Video)

TRACK TEN: "HAPPY" BY PHARRELL WILLIAMS

"...Because I'm happy...."

Hermia would be listening to this song right before the play is about to start. Everything worked out okay, and she is happy. The sentiments of this song would be directed toward everybody, basically. This furthers the theme, because love is filled with bumps and obstacles, but you overcome them.

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by: Xintong Xiang