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Examples Of Obstacles In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Love through its many obstacles in A Midsummer Night's Dream Love comes with many complications and faces many obstacles. Shakespeare clearly portrays illustrates these difficulties this them through various relationships in his play, ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’. The characters face different obstacles which affect their relationships negatively. In the play, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ the main obstacles that cause negative effects on love are the use of magic, the law, and misunderstandings as well as and false assumptions.

The use of magic is a destructive obstacle that ruined relationships and changed the natural feelings of the characters. For example, An example of this would be in Act two, Scene two , when Lysander wakes up ,
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Furthermore, the law was another problem obstacle that influenced affected love negatively. The Athenian law states that every woman must obey obey her father. “To you your father should be as a god.” (Shakespeare, 11). This quote states that to women, their father should be their God, only obeying him. and the only one they should obey. Hermia’s father, Egeus, refuses to allow to her to marry Lysander, as we wants her to marry Demetrius. Egeus uses using the power of the law over Hermia and this is is demonstrated when he says “As she is mine, I may dispose of her.” (Shakespeare, 11). Lysander and Hermia’s relationship is affected because Hermia must obey her father or face the consequences of the law. Additionally, the law impacts affects the love between Hermia and Lysander because Egeus takes the issue to the Duke, Theseus. Theseus states;
Upon that day either prepare to die
For disobedience to your father’s will
Or else to wed Demetrius, as he would;
Or on Diana’s altar to protest.
For aye austerity and single life. (Shakespeare, 13)
Theseus only allows Hermia three options: to die, to obey her father’s wishes and wed Demetrius or to become a nun. The law was is an obstacle because it prevents Hermia and Lysander from being together.

Moreover, the last main obstacle that has a negative effect on love is misconception and assumptions. For instance, the quote, “You thief of love; what, have you come by night/And stolen my love’s heart from him?”
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