In A Midsummer Night's Dream, is Shakespearean love merely a kind of madness, or does it contain hints of guiding wisdom beyond the awareness of lovers themselves?A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

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All the characters in A Midsummer Night's Dream are motivated by love to do crazy things like concoct love potions and cast magic spells on the objects of their affections. The play is a comedy; part of what it does is to satirize the experiences of falling in love, being in love, and falling out of love. In this sense, a love of what the enamored lovers do could be considered "madness." However, the characters in the play do manage to resolve some major social divides through the power of love. For example, Titania and Bottom end up together, despite their difference in social class and in appearance. Other characters likewise bridge divides of race, class and circumstance. With these victories, Shakespeare does hint at the transcendent power of love.

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