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by William Shakespeare

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What is the main moral of "A Midsummer Night's Dream?"

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This is a difficult question to answer. A Midsummer Night's Dream certainly is a play of a more farcical nature than a moralistic one. Without question, the main theme in the play is one of love; however, it often portrays the ugly side of it. For example, Demetrius is so revolted by a woman who loves him unconditionally that he cannot even bear to look at her. The characters all show signs of pettiness and selfishness, abandoning their duty for selfish desires.

However, if I were to have to apply a moral lesson to the play, it would probably be a warning not to meddle in affairs that are none of your concern. The meddling of the fairies causes Titania, their queen, to fall in love with a literal ass, or at least a man with the head of one. Though it seems that Puck's...

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