Midsummer Night's Dream Challenges

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True Love’s Challenges “The course of true love never did run smooth” (Mid.1.1.136). This famous quote uttered by the character Puck in Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, introduces the theme of the challenges of true love. The main characters find themselves in various scenarios keeping them apart from their beloved. The problems they encounter include arranged marriages, a love potion, and one-way love. The laws in Athens did not formally state arranged marriages, but actual freedom in the decision making was minimal. Hermia’s father, Egeus, forbid her from marrying her preference Lysander. Egeus chose Demetrius as a suitable husband, and was upset with his daughter for acting disobediently. The Athenian law forced daughters to live subordinate to their fathers. Hermia had three choices: marry Demetrius, join a nunnery, or die. The two lovers, Hermia and Lysander, would have to secretly run away to be happy together. Lysander suggested, “To be gone from Athens, where we might/Without the peril of the Athenian law”…show more content…
Oberon placed the elixir on Queen Titania’s eyes. The king wanted revenge after his wife refused to give him the Indian boy for his army. Oberon said, “And with the juice of this I’ll streak her eyes/And make her full of hateful fantasies”, because while madly in love, she would surrender the Indian child (Mid.2.2.262-263). She fell in love with an ass, Bottom, until she woke up disgusted. Puck had the assignment to place on Demetrius’s eyes, but he made the mistake of putting it on Lysander’s. This caused chaos and confusion among the lovers as the wrong boy loved the incorrect girl. The love potion was kept on Demetrius, but taken off Lysander and Titania. Technically, it was not true love for Helena and Demetrius, but this allowed for the “correct” couples to be joined and married. The love potion was stressful, however helpful to the three sets of
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