The theme of friendship, particularly the theme of betrayal within friendship, is especially expressed in Hermia and Helena's friendship.
We repeatedly see just how close Hermia and Helena were as children. In fact, the woods in which most of the play is set actually served as a place where they spent a great deal of time together as children, pouring out their hearts to each other. In contrast, now the woods is serving as the setting in which their friendship is broken apart. We first learn that the woods is a symbol of Hermia and Helena's childhood friendship in the opening scene when Hermia discloses her and Lysander's plan to escape Athens, as we see in her lines:
And in the wood, where often you and I
Upon faint primrose-beds were wont to lie,
Emptying our bosoms of their counsel sweet,
There my Lysander and...
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