"If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here(420)
While these visions did appear...."
See in text (Act V)
Dreams are a major motif throughout this play. The characters's fluctuation between sleeping and waking, forest and city, enchanted love and real love, plays with social boundaries that operated within Shakespeare's time period. Puck concludes this play by telling the audience to treat the play itself like a bad dream if they were offended by the content.
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