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The literary tool known as mirroring helps to emphasize a particular point or idea by repeating it throughout the text In William Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream Shakespeare mirrors the element of foolishness to bring together three very different worlds the romantic world of the aristocratic lovers the workday world of the tradesmen and the fairy world of Titania and Oberon As result Shakespeare creates a world of silly people acting in nonsensical fashion and it is this dream like behavior which serves as the driving force for the play In the Aristocratic world it is the young teenage lovers Hermia Lysander Demetrius and Helena are who are made to look foolish Demetrius is a fool because he is unaware that his love changes throughout the course of the play At the start of the play Demetrius does not love Helena and states I love thee not therefore pursue me not A2 S2 L194 Instead of acting like the courtly lover he should be he is cruel and mean to Helena However after Demetrius is juiced he begins to love Helena and declares Lysander keep thy Hermia I will none If eer I loved her all that love is gone My heart to her but as guest- wise sojourned And now to Helen is it home returned There to remain This proves he is a fool because he is unaware of his changing love for Helena Helena is a fool because although Demetrius does not love her she persists in chasing him in the hopes he will change his mind Demetrius shows no love for Helena Frustrated by Helena constant swooning Demetrius shouts Do I entice you Do I speak you fair Or rather do I not in plainest truth Tell you I do not nor I cannot love you A2 S1L 199-201 Demetrius clearly illustrates to Helena that he has no interest in her but Helena
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