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Illusion and Fairies in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream The main topic of love in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is explored by four young fans, that, for the sake of their passions, quit the civilized and rational city of Athens, and its laws, and venture into the woods, there to follow the desires of their hearts - or even libidos as the case might be. In this wild and unfamiliar wilderness, with all the warmth and emotion generally caused by a midsummer night, they give chase, start duels, profess their hatred and love and otherwise become completely confused and entangled at the realities and perceptions of their own feelings. What better opportunity for Shakespeare to introduce a new world of fairies subsequently this? Shakespeare's fairies live in this wild forest were that they enjoy, battle, play and helpfully type the bad young fans out before sending them off, back to their own civilized world. Like many of the other components within this play Shakespeare gives his fairies a nutritious mixture of illusion and reality. The Fairies use illusion in their exploits and Shakespeare uses them in the Dream in this manner that someone might ask: are they even genuine or are they themselves an illusion? Due to Shakespeare's exceptional portrayal of this fairy tale of A Midsummer Night's Dream it's frequently criticized as being against the most popular folk beliefs of fairies in the time. The fairies in the Dream which are described as "Diminutive, pleasing and scenic sprites" are believed to "present themselves as a new race of fairies, as distinct from the favorite fairies of heritage as are such fairies from the fays of ancient romances" (Latham 180). It is that this "diminutive" height of the fairies which is brought up the most often by critics who b.. .