Forced Love in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

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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, “

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A sweet Athenian lady is in love

                 With a disdainful youth; anoint his eyes,

But do it when the next thing he espies

May be the lady”(Shakespeare, II.i.25).

Oberon demands that Puck must put the flower on the Athenian man’s eyes. Oberon wants Demetrius to fall in love with Helena. But something goes wrong: “What has thou done? Thou hast mistaken quite/ and laid the love juice on some true-love’s sight.”(III.ii.43). Oberon realizes that Puck put the potion on Lysander instead of Demetrius. Now Lysander loves Helena. Oberon decides to make things right and puts the flower ...

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