William Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream

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"Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind", spoken by Helena in Act 1 Scene 1 line 234, explains that it matters not what the eyes see but what the mind thinks it sees. In the play, A Midsummer Night 's Dream, written by William Shakespeare, there are several instances where the act of seeing is being portrayed. The definition of vision is the ability to see, something you imagine or something you dream. This proves that even though one has the ability to see; the mind tends to interfere and sometimes presents a different picture. Various scenes in the play interpret this act on more than one occasion. For instance, the use of imagination plays a vital role as it depicts the powers and limitations of human vision presented in this story. The artful use of seeing which allows one to notice or become aware of someone or something, sight which helps someone or something be seen and, eyes which allow one to appreciate something seen helps the audience understand just how significant the act of seeing is in the daily love affairs of each character. A Midsummer Night 's Dream is one of William Shakespeare more popular plays regarding one of the world 's most popular past times - falling in love. It was written in the late 1500 's and "requires a great leap of imagination, back to a time when people believed that creatures they could not see interacted with human beings and helped to shape their lives" (Rahn, par. 8). It takes place, at night, in an enchanted forest
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