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The woods represent nature and the natural state. The characters let their passions get the better of them when they are in the woods (Lysander wants to *sleep* with Hermia, Demetrius threatens violence against Helena, Titania copulates with a helf-donkey, etc.). They do things in the woods that they would not even consider in a more civilized state. They have to navigate the wildness of the woods to finally settle into a tame state of love and civilization at the end.
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