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In A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare the theme of loves elusiveness is clearly portrayed It becomes apparent that the four lovers in the story are not in control of their love and furthermore that their love is insincere Evidently this is because of the mischief that Robin Goodfellow brings to the characters with a magic cowslip flower The love that Lysander has for Helena is false as is the love that Demetrius has for Helena and Titania for Bottom If we look more closely at the relationship between Titania and Bottom it becomes particularly obvious that their love is false Titania the queen of the fairies wouldnt in her right mind fall in love with such a vile creature as Bottom Come sit thee down upon this flowry bed while I thy amiable cheeks do coy and stick muskroses in thy sleek smooth head and kiss thy fair large ears my gentle joy 4114 At the time Bottom had even taken on the appearance of an ass The romance that Titania and Bottom share for a short time is out of their grasp Why would the queen of fairies want to be associated with an Ass-head The answer comes back to the everlasting theme that love is elusive Another example of loves elusive nature is the deceptive relationship between Lysander and Helena at the end of the story Once again Robin makes mischief with the cowslip This time he puts it over Lysanders eyes who then awakes with a false love for Helena Lysander who happens at the time to be engaged in affairs with Hermia inexplicably puts all of that behind him Lysander says to Helena Content with Hermia No I do repent the tedious minutes I with her have spent Not Hermia but Helena I love 32117119 This is obviously senseless as someone who previously decided to go elope somewhere far away because of his deep love for Hermia would not
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