A Midsummer Nights Dream Essay

1068 WordsJul 17, 20185 Pages
In the comedic romantic play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, four plebeians are fighting for fate and destiny in the city of Athens, Greece. Hermia, a strong willed young lady, defies her father’s orders to marry Demetrius, another Athenian man, and subsequently runs off to the woods to marry Lysander. However, when the lovers, Hermia and Lysander, run off, their plans are disrupted when they are told on by Helena, Demetrius's obsessive lover. At this moment, Lysander, after learning about the others disrupting their plans to elope, says “the course of true love never did run smooth” (28) Later, when the love potion is placed onto the lovers by Puck, the well known trickster, and the other fairies such as Oberon…show more content…
Lots of feelings between Hermia, Lysander, Helena and Demetrius are not mutual and are only a series of unconnected lines from one person to another to another. This truly demonstrates the hardships and complications of true love and how it does not always go as perfect as planned. Many problems arise because of the mixups between the love juice and the fairies. One such mixup is when Hermia and Lysander’s plans to elope are very suddenly halted when Helena hears of their plans and tells Demetrius, who decides to see if Helena’s rumors are true. Demetrius then goes into the woods, followed by Helena, to see if it is true, but does not find the lovers, but instead are seen by Oberon. Oberon, while having love issues of his own with Titania, sees Helena and her obsessive love for Demetrius, and so makes a plan to help Helena with her love issues. When Oberon, of which is busy with other tasks, tells Puck to put the supernatural love juice on the eyes of an Athenian man (Demetrius) so that he will fall in love with Helena, he gladly takes the task. Though since Oberon is not specific with his directions for the love potion, Puck accidentally puts it on Lysander while he is sleeping. Consequently, when Lysander awakens he automatically falls in love with Helena. “Lysander’s love, that would not let him bide; Fair Helena, who more engilds the night than all yon fiery oes and eyes of
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