|English 366C, Section F01: Shakespeare's Comedies and Romances > A Midsummer Night's Dream > Study questions|
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,Go through the play, selecting those passages which refer to blindness, and to the eyes (remember the love-juice is applied to the eyes); can you see whether Shakespeare is making an overall comment on the blindness of love? If so, what is the effect of that blindness? (Does it, as Helena suggests, sharpen the mind, does it lead to irrationality, or does it have many different effects?)
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.