What is an example of antithesis in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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Shakespeare employs antithesis thematically in his comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream," giving audience members an opportunity to explore their own ideas about positive notions like love and attraction and negative ones like hatred and jealousy. The placement of these ideas in close proximity to each other creates a general sense of contrariness that generates much fodder for misunderstanding and humor. Both misunderstanding and humor characterize the play as a literary work, making it a perfect fit for the genre of comedy.

A specific example of antithesis can be examined in the connections between the love affair between Lysander and Hermia and the unrequited love between Helena and Demetrius. Though Demetrius once loved Helena, he has chosen Hermia as his true love, who just happens to be Helena's best friend. Demetrius's pursuit of Hermia must be painful to Helena; not only are the women close themselves, Demetrius has clearly expressed his...

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