In this play, the two settings Athens and the fairy wood represent the two juxtaposing ideas of reality and illusion. Athens represents reality and reason.
Which lines from the play support this definition of Athens?
“Go, Philostrate, / Stir up the Athenian youth to merriments, / Awake the pert and nimble spirit of mirth, / Turn melancholy forth to funerals; / The pale companion is not for our pomp.” (1.1.12)
“No doubt they rose up early to observe / The rit of May; and hearing our intent, / Came here in grace of our solemnity.” (4.1.129)
“Our purpos'd hunting shall be set aside. / Away with us to Athens. / Three and three, / We'll hold a feast in great solemnity.” (4.1.180)
“You do impeach your modesty too much, / Too leave the city and commit yourself / Into the hands of one that loves you not; / To trust the opportunity of night, / And the ill counsel of a desert place,” (2.1.214)
“Fair lovers, you are fortunately met; / Of this discourse we more will hear anon. / Egeus, I will overbear your will;” (4.1.174)