In what ways does this extract from A Midsummer Night's Dream exemplify some of the main themes in the text under discussion?
"On the ground
I 'll apply
To your eye,
Gentle lover, remedy. ( ... )
When Thou wak'st,
In the sight
Of the former lady's eye."
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This quote comes from Act III scene 2 and is when Puck applies the dew from the magic flower to the eyes of Lysander when he is asleep and near the sleeping Hermia. It identifies one of the key themes of the play which is the way that love is such a fickle and changeable emotion in humans, and is something that is rarely constant. The reversal of the affections of the Athenian lovers that is achieved through the magic flower highlights what Helena says in Act I scene 1 when she bemoans her state and reflects on how ardently Demetrius used to admire her before his affections became engaged with Hermia:
Things base and vile, holding no quantity,Love can transpose to form and dignity.Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind.And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
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