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A Midsummer Night's Dream Transformation Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Act.Scene.Line). Line numbers correspond to Folger's online edition.

Quote #1

Hippolyta, I wooed thee with my sword
And won thy love doing thee injuries,
But I will wed thee in another key,
With pomp, with triumph, and with reveling. (1.1.17-20)

Theseus believes love has the transformative power to change him from Hippolyta's enemy to her lover and to change Hippolyta from an Amazon Queen to a happy wife.

Quote #2

With cunning hast thou filched my daughter's heart,
Turned her obedience (which is due to me)
To stubborn harshness. (1.1.137-139)

According to Egeus, Lysander has used his charms and "cunning" to transform his once obedient daughter into a stubborn girl. 

Quote #3

Before the time I did Lysander see
Seem'd Athens as a paradise to me.
O, then, what graces in my love do dwell
That he hath turned a heaven unto a hell! (1.1.209-212)

It's clear from Hermia's ranting that love also has the capacity to change the way we view our surroundings.  According to Hermia, her love for Lysander has transformed her own home into a nightmare world. 

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