Physical traits: young lady, daughter of Egeus
View of love: believes in love and will do anything for her true love
Quote about dreams: dreams come with good results
Who does she truly love?: Lysander
Physical traits: young lady
View of love: believes in love but thinks that it cannot be obtained
Quote about dreams: dreams can bring about change
Who does she truly love?: Demetrius
Physical traits: old, father to Hermia
View of love: love is not important
Quote about dreams: doesn’t believe in love, thinks that it’s just a fantasy
Conflict he causes: insists that Hermia marries Demetrius
Physical traits: Duke of Athens
View of love: order comes before love
Who he truly loves?: Hippolyta
How he resolves conflict?: invites the four lovers to get married at his wedding ceremony
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The only couple that seems to have it figured out, is Theseus and Hippolyta. Together, they are structured and provide a solid relationship juxtaposed with the others.
Lysander and Hermia only just met, but know they are meant to be together. Without a real plan, they run off together, into the woods.
Demetrius and Helena were once betrothed. However, after meeting Hermia, he left Helena. Now with puck’s help, Helena has two men fighting for her.
Bottom had his head turned into that of a donkey, but that doesn’t stop him from thinking the beautiful Titania has actually fallen in love with him.
Five Act Diagram
The Duke of Athens is to be married to the Queen of the Amazons. During the festival, two young men, Demetrius and Lysander, meet Hermia. Both men fall in love with her. Her father gives her permission to marry Demetrius, even though she loves Lysander.
Hermia runs away with her love. However, before she does, she tells her friend Helena, who is in love with Demetrius. Helena tells him in hopes of winning some favour in his eyes. They all end up running into the woods after one another.
In the woods, a fairy named Puck tries to solve the love triangle and accidentally makes Lysander fall in love with Helena. While trying to fix the issue, he makes Demetrius fall for her too. Now everyone loves Helena and no one loves Hermia.
With the men fighting over Helena, and Hermia mad at Helena, Puck manages to separate them all so they don’t end up killing each other. Once they fall asleep, Puck reverses the spell and rights his wrong.
The Duke, while riding in the forest, comes upon the lovers. After hearing their story, he is confused, but invites them to be married during his wedding ceremony.
In the end, everyone is married! The play “Pyramus and Thisbe” is performed, and Puck ends the play by asking the audience to remember it all as if it were a dream!
Elements of Comedy
“When i did him at this advantage take, an ass’s noll I fixed on his head. Anon his Thisbe must be answered, and forth my (mimic) comes. When they him spy, as wild geese that the creeping fowler eye, or russet-pated choughs, many in sort, rising and cawing at the gun’s report, sever themselves and madly sweep the sky…”
Hermia’s father tells her she must be with Demetrius even though she loves Lysander!
Puck mistakes Lysander for Demetrius, and Titania mistakes Bottom for a person (even though he looks like a donkey).
Hermia and Helena are split by jealousy. The men want to fight over someone neither of them loves. Titania is fooled by her own kind. But, it all works out in the end.
Marriage or Reunion
In the end, Helena marries Demetrius, Hermia marries Lysander, and the Duke marries Hippolyta.
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