Drugs are a prominent feature of a number of Shakespeare’s plays: in A Midsummer Night’s Dream the dye of a flower is used to make the lovers fall in love with one another; we find out that Hamlet’s father was murdered by having poison poured in his ear; though more indirectly, Cleopatra gets an asp (snake) to bite and poison her, thus enacting her suicide. However, Romeo and Juliet is the only time when two separate drugs are used. __What is interesting is that they both recreate death, but in one it is fleeting whereas the other is permanent. __