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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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The Love Potion Influences Everyone

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After Lysander is anointed with the juice of the flower, he treats Hermia in much the same manner as Demetrius treats Helena.

Which theme of the play does this situation illuminate?

A

Love is transformative, but never unsympathetic.

B

Love is never real; it can be created only by artificial means.

C

Love makes all men commiserate with the feelings of others, especially those whose love is unrequited.

D

Blind love makes men cruel.

E

Men cannot understand love and only want what they cannot have.