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By the end of Act 2 of A Midsummer Night's Dream, what is similar about the pairs (Lysander-Hermia, Demetrious-Helena, and Oberon-Titania)?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 15, 2013 at 10:08 PM (Answer #1)

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By the end of Act 2, the lovers are all fighting and confused, and matched up with the wrong lover.

The main problem is that Puck and Oberon were trying to fix the lovers’ quarrel, possibly because Oberon was sympathetic, having experienced a severe fight with his own lover Titania.  As a result, Lysander and Hermia are not together, and Demetrius and Lysander are both looking for Helena.  Helena is annoyed and confused, because she thinks they are all three making fun of her.

Do not say so, Lysander; say not so.

What though he love your Hermia?(110)

Lord, what though?

Yet Hermia still loves you; then be content. (Act 2, Scene 2)

Therefore at the end of Act 2, everything is a mess.  Oberon has not gotten back together with Titania, and all four of the young lovers are mixed up, with both men after Helena instead of Hermia.

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