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In Shakespeares famous comedy A Midsummer Nights Dream love is an important concept The different characters have different views on love that they express and throughout the play Shakespeare portrays a general attitude about it He did not portray love as a serious theme but rather treated it as a light-hearted matter and even something to joke about Shakespeare seemed to have written this comical play about love as to present is as a kind of madness One idea in the play is that there is a difference between doting and love something like the distinction between lust and love Shakespeare took this to a great extent even so few of the characters seem to display any kind of full or true love by modern standards We define the word love as a deep tender ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person that which steadily desires and works to attain the benefit of another The definition of love becomes very important when we look at the uses and effects of the dew of the pansy on the various characters on whom its charm is worked and by extension on those with whom they interact The dew is employed by Shakespeare as a device to demonstrate how fluid a thing love is and how easily the affections of the so-called lover can be swayed But the dews power is not all conquering It is said to make man or woman madly dote upon the next live creature that it sees and to induce hateful fantasies but it is not irresistible nor is it ever said to bottle up any feelings of love a person might have had prior to falling under its charm Lysander throughout the play shows a real concern for only two others Hermia and Helena His concern however acts more like a switch than anything because as soon as he starts to care about one he ceases to care about the
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