What does the play suggest about the power and the limitations of human vision?

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One very powerful metaphor in the play, which is frequently seen primarily as a bit of comic relief or fantasy, is the love scene between Bottom and Titania. The transformation of Bottom into an ass, and the magical fairy spell cast on Titania to make her fall in love with the first creature she sees, are plot devices that demonstrate the difficulty of trusting one's perceptions. The other characters are also entangled in conflicts that arise because of confusion over what appears to be true (as opposed to what is true), and most of these conflicts are caused by the mischief of fairies. In other words, the play suggests that our tendency to see then interpret events or people at face value is problematic, because we may be easily deceived by factors completely unknown to us.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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