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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Obssessive Love

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Which of the following lines from the play illustrates the theme that love, even obsessive love, can change and is not always as it seems?

A

My good lord, I wot not by what power, but by some power it is,
my love to Hermia,
Melted as the snow, seems to me now
As the remembrance of an idle gaud
Which in my childhood I did dote upon;
And all the faith, the virtue of my heart,
The object and the pleasure of mine eye,
Is only Helena.

B

So doth the woodbine the sweet honeysuckle
Gently entwist; the female ivy so
Enrings the barky fingers of the elm.
O, how I love thee! how I dote on thee!

C

Fair lovers, you are fortunately met;
Of this discourse we more will hear anon.
Egeus, I will overbear your will;
For in the temple, by and by, with us
These couples shall eternally be knit.

D

So I, admiring of his qualities.
Things base and vile, holding no quantity,
Love can transpose to form and dignity.

E

This man hath bewitch'd the bosom of my child;
Thou, thou, Lysander, thou hast given her rhymes,
And interchanged love-tokens with my child: