The Complications of True Love

Hermia's Mixtape

Theme: True Love Can Be Very Complicated Sometimes

In A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, true love is very complicated for Hermia. Shakespeare shows this through Hermia's relationship with Demetrius. Demetrius loves Hermia but she doesn't love him back and instead she loves Lysander, who loves her back. This causes Demetrius to get in arguments with Hermia and Lysander, causing problems with Hermia's relationship with Lysander. Demetrius values himself over Lysander and says that Hermia should be with him instead of Lysander, but Hermia refuses and that causes Demetrius to get into more arguments with Lysander and Hermia.
Taylor Swift - Blank Space

Track One: "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift

I chose this song because it shows what Hermia's love life is like in the beginning of the play. The beginning of the song shows how Hermia's relationship is with Lysander, by showing two lovers getting along very well together. The other part of the song shows how Hermia's relationship is with Demetrius, by showing the same two lovers, but instead of getting along, they are doing the opposite. They are yelling at each other and not getting along very well at all, which shows how Hermia doesn't like Demetrius at all. Hermia would listen to this song when Demetrius comes to her mind and she would show this song to Demetrius to show that she doesn't like him. She would show Demetrius the beginning, which is her relationship with Lysander and the other part, which is her relationship with Demetrius.
We The Kings - Sad Song (Lyric Video) ft. Elena Coats

Track Two: "Sad Song" by We The Kings

I chose this song because it shows Hermia's relationship with Lysander and her emotions for him. It shows how Hermia is very attached to Lysander and it is almost like she cannot live without him. It also shows very strong emotions that Hermia has for Lysander. Hermia would listen to this song when Lysander is not around, because it is what she would feel like without him. Lysander isn't around Hermia in the middle of the play, which causes Hermia to feel lonely and like she cannot live anymore.
Taylor Swift - Wildest Dreams

Track Three: "Wildest Dreams" by Taylor Swift

I chose this song because it shows how Lysander and Hermia get along together, but those are just their dreams. Instead, Demetrius is an obstacle to Hermia and Lysander, causing problems for those two. Hermia and Lysander wished they could go off and be free, but in reality they have to deal with Demetrius, who causes their love to be conflicted. Hermia would listen to this song when she is around Lysander, just wishing that they could go somewhere and be happy without Demetrius tagging along and causing conflicts among them.
Adele - Hello

Track Four: "Hello" by Adele

I chose this song because it shows very strong emotions that Hermia has for Lysander and Demetrius. It shows that Hermia feels conflicted and sad when around Demetrius, but she feels happy and full of energy when around Lysander. Hermia would listen to this song when around Demetrius or Lysander because of the strong emotions that this song shows.
Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me

Track Five: "You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift

I chose this song because it shows what Hermia's relationship with Lysander is like. The two main characters in the song feel conflicted about various things, just like Hermia and Lysander feel about Demetrius. Demetrius is causing problems with Hermia and Lysander and causing them to feel bad. Hermia would listen to this when feeling bad and around Lysander. She would also show this song to Demetrius to show him what it is like having him around.
Adele - Someone Like You

Track Six: "Someone Like You" by Adele

I chose this song because it shows what Hermia's feelings about Demetrius are like. She would listen to this song when feeling sad and she would direct this song to Demetrius, who causes problems for Hermia and Lysander. She just wishes that Demetrius would stop bothering them and wants to give up all love for Demetrius and direct it towards Lysander.
Maroon 5 - Sad Lyrics

Track Seven: "Sad" by Maroon 5

I chose this song because it shows how complicated Hermia's thoughts can be. She is thinking to herself about what she could've done about something, which in this case, is Demetrius. Hermia would listen to this song after a very tiring day, so she would have time to go over her thoughts and actions in her mind and see if she did everything she could've done to make her day smoother and less complicated.
Bruno Mars - Grenade [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Track Eight: "Grenade" by Bruno Mars

I chose this song because it shows Hermia's feelings about Lysander in the middle of the play. When Lysander is hit by the magic spell and leaves Hermia in the woods, Hermia feels like she cannot live anymore. Later in the play when Hermia meets with Lysander, Helena and Demetrius, she feels heartbroken when she sees that Lysander doesn't love her anymore. This song expresses these emotions very well. Hermia would listen to this when she is around Lysander and she would direct this song to him to show him how she felt when he left her.