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Realism and Romanticism in A Midsummer Nights Dream In A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare love is viewed in different ways While the four main characters believe in romanticism Theseus is a strong supporter of realism Bottom proves to be quite accurate characterizing the four main lovers when he states O what fools these mortals be Demetrius and Lysander both speak in figurative language and both are very handsome Their love for Helena and Hermia deal mainly with physical attraction and flirtatious acts than love that captures body mind and soul If any of the four characters posses anything of realistic love it would be Hermia She was willing to risk death in order to be with Lysander This act of love goes beyond any other in this play and demonstrates Hermias devotion to Lysander My good Lysander I swear to thee by Cupids strongest bow- Tomorrow truly will I meet with thee Act 1 Scene 1 Helena is one of the silliest characters in the play and at times can be quite irritating Demetrius shows no love for her yet she persists in chasing him And even for that do I love you the more I am your spaniel and Demetrius the more you beat me I will fawn on you Act 2 Scene 1 These characters are a true definition of love sick All of them appear to be in love with love more so than in love with each other They all frantically run about each changing partners so often that one is never really sure of who loves whom Each consume themselves with what they consider to be real love to the point of losing touch completely with the real world To them love is a fairy tale which involves no reason They all believe that falling in love involves nothing more than romantic speech and desire for each other Unlike the four main
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