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Forced Love in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

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Price Alison Price Mr. Stam English I 10 May 2012 Forced Love The play ?A Midsummer Night?s Dream? by William Shakespeare is about four Athenian lovers who run away to escape the Athenian law. Hermia and Lysander go into the forest to get married while Demetrius and Helena follow. Puck and Oberon are very mischievous fairies. They put love potion that comes from a flower on the lovers and mix up who loves whom. The potion causes a person to love the first thing they see, even an animal. Dreams cause confusion by forcing love. The potion causes the four lovers and Titania love the wrong person while dreams make things more confusing. The potion majorly affects the Athenian lovers: they fall in love with the wrong person. Helena is in love with Demetrius, and Demetrius can?t stand Helena. Oberon and Puck see them conversing in the woods and Oberon decides to put the flower juice on Demetrius, ? A sweet Athenian lady ...read more.

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The fairies also play this trick on Titania and Bottom. The flower juice makes Titania, the fairy queen, fall in love with an ass. Oberon gets mad with Titania and wants to get back at her Oberon puts the potion on Titania.: ?When thou wak?st it is thy dear:/ wake when some vile is near?(II.ii.27). Oberon wants Titania to wake up with something atrocious is close. Titania is asleep and is suddenly woken by an ass singing: ?And thy fair virtue?s force doth move me/ on the first view to say, to swear, I love thee?(III.i.37). Titania wakes up and is instantly in love with Bottom, transformed as an ass. Titania doesn?t have a reason for loving Bottom she just does because of the flower. Oberon and Puck think that the plan is going better than they thought: ?And sweet Pyramus translated there;/ when in that moment (so it came to pass)/ Titania wak?d and straight away loved an ass? (III.ii.41). ...read more.

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Puck addresses the audience. Puck wants the Audience to pretend the play was a dream if they did not like the play. Forcing love causes confusion though dreams. The Athenian lovers fall in love with the wrong person because of the love potion Oberon and Puck put on them. Helena loves Demetrius but he doesn?t love her back. Oberon tells Puck to put the flower juice on Demetrius but he accidently puts it on Lysander. Oberon realizes the mistake and put the potion on Demetrius also. Now two guys love the same girl. Oberon gets mad at his wife and puts the love juice on her hoping she that wakes up when something gross is near. When Titania wakes up she see?s bottom transformed as an ass. Titania falls in love with a donkey. The fairies decide to reverse what has happened so they make everything seem like it was a dream, even for the audience. ...read more.

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