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A Midsummer Night's Dream
     In Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" the mortal teenage 
characters fall in love foolishly, and the character Bottom states, "O 
what fools these mortals be". They are foolish because they act like 
children. Although Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, and Helena appear 
grown-up, when they are in love they act foolishly. The four teenage 
lovers are fools.

     Demetrius is a fool because he is unaware that his love changes 
through out the play. At the start of the play Demetrius does not love 
Helena. (II ii,line 188) Demetrius says, "I love thee not, therefore 
pursue me not." (II ii,line 194) "Hence, get thee gone, and follow me 
no more." In III ii, Demetrius after being juiced begins to love 
Helena. (III ii,line 169-173) Demetrius says, "Lysander, keep thy 
Hermia; I will none. If e'er I loved her, all that love is gone. My 
heart to her but as guest- wise sojourned, And now to Helen is it home 
returned, There to remain." This proves he is a fool, because he is 
not aware of his changing love for Helena.

     Helena is a fool because Demetrius does not love her but she 
still persists in chasing him. Demetrius shows no love for Helena.
(II i,line 227-228) Demetrius says, "I'll run from thee, and hide me 
in the brakes, And leave thee to the mercy of wild beasts."
(II i,line 199-201) "Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair? Or rather 
do I not in plainest truth Tell you I do not, nor I cannot love you?" 
Demetrius clearly illustrates to Helena that he has no interest, but 
Helena persists. (II i,line 202-204) Helena says, "And even for that 
do I love you the more. I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius, The more 
you beat me, I will fawn on you." (II i,line 220-222) "Your virtue is 
my privilege. For that It is not night when I do see your face, 
Therefore I think I am not in the night;" This proves that Helena is a 
fool because Demetrius does not love her, but she still persists.

     Lysander is a fool because he persuades Hermia to avoid death and 
run away with him. Hermia must marry Demetrius or she will be put to 
death. (I i,line 83-88) Theseus says, "Take time to pause, and, by the 
next new moon- The sealing-day betwixt my love and me, For everlasting 
bond fellowship- Upon that day either prepare to die For disobedience 
to your father's will, Or else to wed Demetrius, as he would," Hermia 
does not love Demetrius. (I i,line 140) Hermia says, "O hell! To 
choose love by another's eyes." Hermia loves Lysander. (I i,line 
150-155) "If then true lovers have been ever crossed, It stands as an 
edict in destiny. Then let us teach or trial patience, Because it is a 
customary cross, As due to love, as thoughts and dreams and sighs, 
Wishes and tears, poor fancy's followers." Lysander has an alternative 
idea. (I i,line 157-159) Lysander says, "I have a widow aunt, a 
dowager Of great revenue, and she hath no child; >From Athens is her 
house remote seven leagues." (I i,line 164- 165) "Steal forth thy 
father's house tomorrow night, And in the wood, a league without the 
town." Lysander is a fool because he convinces Hermia to risk death 
and run away with him.

     Hermia is a fool because she risks death for love. Hermia is to 
marry Demetrius, or be put to death. (I i,line 95-98) Egeus says,
"Scornful Lysander, true, he hath my love, And what is mine my love 
shall render him. And she is mine, and all my right of her I do estate 
unto Demetrius." Lysander suggests an idea. (I i,line 157-159) 
Lysander says, "A good persuasion. Therefore her me, Hermia. I have a 
aunt, a dowager Of great revenue, and she hath no child;" Hermia 
agrees with the idea. (I i,line 168-169) Hermia says, "My good 
Lysander, I swear to thee by Cupid's strongest bow," (I i,line 178) 
"Tomorrow truly will I meet thee." Hermia is a fool because she is 
risking death for the love of Lysander.

     Therefore this proves, the four teenage lovers are fools. (VI i, 
Theseus states) "Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, Such 
shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever 
comprehends." William Shakespeare's A Midsummers Night's Dream shows 
how childishly foolish lovers can be. 

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