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Is eroticism a theme in the play A Midummer Night´s Dream? How is it shown?

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Eroticism in the language of beasts permeates Midsummer in a strange undercurrent—a motif-- that parallels but also subverts the traditional notion of love that the play finally celebrates. Interestingly, this eroticism between the animals consistently crosses species. We see this in numerous examples: Titania's infatuation with the Bottom (who is an ass); through Helena's passionate plea to the disdainful Demetrius, "I am your spaniel, and, Demetrius, /...

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