The Destructive Properties of Love

Hermia's Playlist

Theme: Love is not always what it seems...

During the play A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, the whole main idea is that love can easily tear apart relationships as much as hate can, and breakups are inevitable and depressing, but true love will always prevail in the end. Hermia's role in this is the victim; she remains unchanged as far as love goes, but the people around her constantly change and she sees all of it unfold, especially when it starts affecting her. You can see her get torn apart (almost literally) towards the end of the book as her friends argue. This playlist signifies what she feels and observes.
Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) - official video

Song One: "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye

Now You're Just Somebody That I Used to Know...


Quite literally, this is how Hermia feels after Lysander dumps her under the magical spell. She would definitely listen to this song in that time, as it expresses her feelings toward lysander; regretful, but still hopeful, that her love may mend the relationship more than it destroyed it.

Maroon 5 - Payphone (Lyric Video) ft. Wiz Khalifa

Song Two: Payphone

Yeah, I, I know it's hard to remember, the people we used to be. It's even harder to picture, that you're not here next to me


Hermia's love for Lysander is portrayed in this song; after Lysander left Hermia, she would listen to this song to relate, similarly to the first song. She tries to lure him back, but eventually realizes it's futile. Lamenting about the situation is the best she can do. Again, similarly to the first song, she would listen to this after the breakup.

Kelly Clarkson - Because Of You

Song Three: Because of You by Kelly Clarkson

Because of you I find it hard to trust not only me, but everyone around me


This is a great interpretation of how Hermia feels towards the chaos going around her; she is confused, sad, lost; and can't believe what happened. She is so distraught that her Lysander is leaving her that she can't accept the truth. She probably thinks that it's her fault, and this song shows that perfectly. Again, she would listen to this right around middle of the play, where all the relationship chaos starts.

Jason Mraz - I won't give up [lyrics]

Song Four: I won't give up by Jason Mraz

I won't give up on us, Even if the skies get rough, I'm giving you all my love, I'm still looking up


Hermia's feelings towards Lysander relent and continue even while he beats her down. She is confused and hurt, but still protects and supports Lysander, who constantly rebuffs her affections. She still holds on to the hope that he will take her back. She would listen to this song to give her motivation to continue trying to lure Lysander back, from his magical spell.
Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me

Song Five: You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift

Don't You See, You Belong With Me?

Pretty obvious how this connects here. This song pretty much sums up the entire second half of the play. The guy is unimpressed with her, goes with another girl, she gets sad and confused. Then, the guy likes her again. On a simple level, this song goes perfectly with the second half. She would listen to this after they get back together as a reminder to what happened.
Imagine Dragons - It's Time

Song Six: It's Time by Imagine Dragons

Now don't you understand, That I'm never changing who I am

This song serves a little bit of a different purpose in this playlist; it portrays Hermia's humbleness and stubbornness. The quote above really relates in two ways:
1) In the beginning of the book, Demetrius liked Hermia. However, her heart was with Lysander, and that remained adamant throughout the entire play.
2) More importantly, she remained sticking loyally to Lysander even after he rejected her multiple times.

Basically, she can't deal with the idea of losing Lysander, and that is the whole point of this theme.

Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up

Song Seven: Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley

Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you go...


If you're doing or have done this project with any other classes, I'm sure you've heard this song way too many times now. It just, fits too well! Anyways, the reason should be obvious here; Hermia's loyalty to Lysander stays strong and she will Never Give Him Up. She would listen to this the entire play I think, at first to charm Lysander, and during the middle to get him back, and then at the end to promise him her love.

Sara Bareilles - King Of Anything

Song Eight: King Of Anything by Sara Bareilles

I hate to break it to you, babe But I'm not drowning, There's no one here to save

Hermia could easily relate to this song; her king (Lysander, not the actual king Theseus) has gone missing with another pretty maiden, and she is confused and really disgusted with the whole thing. Hermia would listen to this song at the end of the chaos as an "I'm fed up with this" kind of thing. Maybe even more of a mockery than an actual pleasurable listen.
Sam Smith - Like I Can (Audio)

Song Nine: Like I Can by Sam Smith

But he'll never love you like I can, can

This song is the best depiction of her relationship with Lysander during the mixed relationships part of the story. If there were one song she would be singing out to Lysander, it would be this. Honestly, I think she would listen to this song the entire play just cause of how it would cheer her up thinking about Lysander.
Adele - Someone Like You

Song Ten: Someone Like You by Adele

I wish nothing but the best for you too. Don't forget me, I beg...


While a more interesting way to look at it, I think Someone Like You fits the theme pretty well. You can look at it as if she just broke up with Lysander (true), and she needs to find someone else (not true), BUT, instead she just tries to lure Lysander back with the song. Because if you listen to it, it sounds more like a mock or an "I can live without you" kind of bait song to get someone back. So if you dig a little deeper, you realize that this song is a pretty accurate depiction of the drama of the story. She would sing and listen to this song at the end of the breakup to try and get Lysander back, because she is just disgusted by the whole thing.