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Vision Night and Day A Midsummer Nights Dream begins in the city that was to the Renaissance imagination the center of ancient Greek civilization Romanticized Athens stands as a testament to what human beings know and are able to know But throughout this play Shakespeare delights in decentering the world mortals take for granted soon the audience learns that the dark forest is the center of the plays world relegating Athens center of the civilized Greek world to the periphery Day gives way to night and mortal rulers leave the stage to be replaced by fairies Night-and nighttime in of all places a forest-with its darkness and unseen horrors seems a strange setting for a comedy But in the world the play constructs the special properties of night make it the perfect vehicle for the four lovers to set out on a project of self-discovery Shakespeare plays on the same tensions as the trans-cultural phenomenon of the blind fortune teller a belief that in darkness reliance on senses other than eyesight leads to true seeing In A Midsummer Nights Dream the nighttime forest by disrupting and transforming vision forces introspection and improvisation that help the four lovers on their way to self-understanding The darkness of the night setting seems particularly important in a play and a culture where the language of love relies so heavily on sight imagery Fairy magic literalizes the connection between love and sight appropriately Oberons love juice is applied to the eyes In the language of the play to look on or at someone is the most common metonymic expression for falling in love with a new person or for spending time with the one you already love Lysander steels himself and Hermia against the trial of separation with a call to starve our sight From lovers food till morrow deep midnight 11 ll 221-2 Vision and hunger together become the elements of Lysanders metaphor about lovers and
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