A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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"And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays." How is this passage relevant to the play A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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Bottom's magic words to Titania neatly encapsulate the enormous gap between fantasy and reality that lies at the heart of the play. If the events of the play had unfolded realistically, according to the dictates of logic or reason, then there's no way in a million years that Titania would ever have fallen in love with a man with the head of a donkey.

But as Bottom points out, reason and love keep little company in this neck of the woods, meaning they have nothing to do with each other. Given the blurred distinction between reality and fantasy that exists in the enchanted forest, this is only to be expected. In the forest, all the old certainties are turned upside-down.

Here, a fairy queen can fall head over heels in love with a humble weaver; and not just any old humble weaver, either, but a humble weaver with a donkey's head. And Bottom couldn't be happier about it....

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