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a play by William Shakespeare, and I believe is mainly summed up by this line from the play 'The course of true love never did run smooth'

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KMK(G)1 Danielle Rowland Hall Cross School 3620 50 A Midsummer Nights Dream A Midsummer Nights Dream is a play by William Shakespeare, and I believe is mainly summed up by this line from the play 'The course of true love never did run smooth' This is basically saying that being in love comes with many obstacles and dilemmas. In the play there is a dilemma at the beginning, this is where Egeus is going to visit Theseus, the ruler of Athens, with concern for his daughter and whom she wishes to marry. 'Full of vexation I come with complaint of my child, my daughter Hermia' (Act one, scene one line 21) This is because Hermia loves and wants to wed Lysander but her father Egeus, wishes for her to wed Demetrius, and because Hermia will not obey her father he has gone to Theseus for back-up. This is an obstacle because Hermia and Demetrius are not allowed to wed and therefore cannot be together unless they elope. ...read more.

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'The juice of it on sleeping eyelids laid will make or man or woman madly dote upon the next live creature that it sees.' (act two line170) This is so when both men awake they will both awake to a woman each and fall for the one they see. But all does not run smoothly as both men awake to see Helena. This creates a role reversal as now both men have fallen for Helena and not Hermia no longer (Helena /Hermia swapped). Helena you would think would no longer be upset as Demetrius wants her back, When he awakens to Helena he declares 'O Helen, goddess, nymph, perfect, divine! To what my love, shall I compare thine eyne?' (act three line137) Just what she wanted, but because it has happened so abrupt and suddenly she believes Demetrius is fooling her. 'O spite! O hell! I see you are all bent to set against me for your merriment.' Hermia is now upset as Helena has both men after her and Lysander now shows an absence and lack of interest in her, ...read more.

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The make believe fairy world that is in the play brings comedy to the play but also sheds light on the fact that there are even problems in the fairy world and that its magic, amazing, a miracle that everything settles towards the end. Both couples awake to find themselves naked in the forest, Demetrius laid with Helena and Lysander with Hermia. All four do not know how they became to be there and cannot explain to Theseus and Egeus why so 'I pray you all stand up. I know you two are rival enemies. How comes the this gentle concord in the world' (line138) Lysander: 'My lord, I shall reply amazedly, half asleep, half waking. But as yet I cannot truly say how came here' (line143) Egeus tries to argue as they were to run away, 'Enough, enough my lord you have enough, I beg the law, the law, upon his head' But Theseus sees the funny side and frees them 'Fair lovers you are fortunately met. Of this discourse we more will hear anon.' And both couples are together - 'every man shall have his mare' ...read more.

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