What does the symbol eyes stand for in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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Eyes certainly are a dominant recurring motif in A Midsummer Night's Dream. We can even find many references to eyes in the first scene alone. There are a few things that eyes symbolize; two of those are perception and understanding.

We first see how eyes represent both perception and understanding when Egeus petitions Duke Theseus for the full force of the law should Hermia continue to refuse to marry Demetrius. When Theseus argues to Hermia that "Demetrius is a worth gentleman" and that, even though Lysander is also worthy, Hermia must consent to her father's choice,...

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