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The themes presented by William Shakespeare in A Midsummer Nights Dream are tied together perfectly thus exposing the real life problems of the relations between human beings A main literary theme in this play is the complications and deceptions of true love Shakespeare shows the reader through his characters and plot that love is relatively non-existent unless both lovers involved have mutual understanding He displays how people only see what they want to see in their lover ignoring the realistic and negative aspects Through his characters plot and symbolic creations in the play Shakespeare has created a clear yet complex theme In the first trace of events relating to the theme two of the four lovers Lysander and Hermia are unable to arrange their marriage because of the Athenian law which denies them of approval without their fathers consent The problems encountered here signify the notion that true love is full of obstacles and complications Thus Lysander speaks to Hermia The course of true love never did run smooth I 1 136 The theme is further developed to portray that love has blindness and that individuals only see what they wish to see in whom they love This is evident when Helena pursues Demetrius because she is in love with him Demetrius however does not love her because he loves Hermia Helena says Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind I 1 240 This statement encloses the idea that love is blind and people in love are ignorant of the negative aspects in their relationships The theme expands greatly when Helenas statement in Act 1 is symbolically displayed The fairy king Oberon and his henchman Robin enchant the lovers As a result of their enchantment Demetrius and Lysander fall in love with Helena whom they both did not love initially This relates to the idea of love being a one-sense emotion Despite the fact that they previously disliked her Demetrius and
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