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William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" examines the topic of love. In the first act, a character by the name of Helena expresses her view of love. She is in love with Demetrius, another character in the story. However, her love is unrequited. In her soliloquy, she discusses the attributes of love. According to her, love is blind ("Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind: And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind."), love is naive ("And therefore is Love said to be a child: Because in choice he is so oft beguiled."), and love is uncontrollable. This is why she must love Demetrius even though he uncontrollably spurns her advances. "Love can transpose to form and dignity," she eloquently remarks. These characteristics of love are demonstrated by the characters throughout the play.

Shakespeare uses great symbolism in portraying the blindness of love. When Puck and Oberon apply the juice of the pansy to the eyes of the Athenians and to the eyes of Titania, the fairy queen, they are quickly enveloped by a magical love spell. This spell causes them to fall deeply in love with the first living creature that they set eyes on. "The next thing then she waking looks upon, (Be it lion, bear, or wolf, or bull, On meddling monkey, or on busy ape) She shall pursue it, with the soul of love". The spell can only be reversed by applying yet another herb to the eyes of the victims. Titania serves as a good example of the power of the spell when she falls in love with Nick Bottom, a character who, at the time, has the head of an ass.

Titania also falls victim to the spell, and gives the reader a representation of the naivety of love. In her mind, she has no conception that she is in love with a man who has a donkey head. She does not realize that this is not a thing to be desired. All that she knows is that she is in love. "Mine ear is enamored of thy note: So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape," Titania passionately states. Lysander also demonstrates...