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A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Transformation Quotes

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Quote #1

THESEUS
Hippolyta, I woo'd 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 revelling. (1.1.2)

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

EGEUS
With cunning hast thou filch'd my daughter's heart;
Turn'd her obedience, which is due to me,
To stubborn harshness. (1.1.2)

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

Quote #3

HERMIA
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 turn'd a heaven unto a hell! (1.1.16)

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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