In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream we see that our emotions often influence our perceptions of the world around us when Lysander and Hermia plan to run away from Athens. Lysander and Hermia love each other, but they’re not allowed to get married in Athens. Lysander comes up with a plan so they can get married. He tells Hermia his plan when he says, “If thou lovest me then, / Steal forth thy father’s house to-morrow night; / And in the wood, a league without the town, / […] There I will stay for thee” (1.1.163-168). Going off into the woods at night is not a safe thing to do, but Lysander’s feeling of love towards Hermia is making him see the world in a brighter light. Lysander isn’t seeing the dangers of what he’s about to do. But Lysander isn’t alone in this feeling of love. Hermia agrees with Lysander’s plan when she says, “In that same place thou hast appointed me, / To-morrow truly will I meet with thee” (1.1.177-178). Hermia’s feeling of love is also not letting her see the dangers of Lysander’s plan. In this play, the emotion of love is influencing Lysander and Hermia’s perceptions of the world by making the world seem safer than it really is.