Midsummer Night's Dream themes on love.

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Throughout literature, the element of theme has always had great significance. An example of a piece of literature with a theme of great significance is A Midsummer Night's Dream. There are several prominent themes about love in Shakespeare's play. Two meaningful themes about love are lovers are fools and love is blind.

A theme of the play is lovers are fools. Helena was a fool for Demetrius because she was willing to sacrifice her dignity to please him. She even went as far as to say, "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." In addition to Helena being a fool, Titania was also a fool. Her foolish actions began when she fell in love with Bottom when he looked like a donkey. She was so fixated on Bottom that she ordered her fairies to wait on him and even gave up her Indian boy to Oberon.

Hermia was also a fool. She said, "For thou, I fear, hast given me cause to curse. If thou hast slain Lysander in his sleep, being o'er shoes in blood, plunge in the deep, and kill me too." Hermia was so foolish that if Lysander had died, then she wanted to give up her life too because she was too much in love to live without him. Helena, Titania and Hermia all demonstrated that lovers are fools.

Another meaningful theme for A Midsummer's Night Dream is love is blind. One person who was blindly in love was Lysander because Puck had put pansy juice in his eyes. His love for Hermia shifted to Helena and he declared it by saying, "Content with Hermia! No; I do repent the tedious minutes I with...