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What are five resons to keep lovers apart in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?

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jennasty796 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 1, 2009 at 10:16 AM via web

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What are five resons to keep lovers apart in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?

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goreadabook | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted June 5, 2009 at 3:02 AM (Answer #1)

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Since you are referring to a play by William Shakespeare, I will address this question based on that time period.  In Shakespearean times, some reasons could be as follows:

1. Difference of social class

2. Lack of parental permission

3.  Marriages had already been arranged

4.  Same sex couples were not appropriate at this time

5.  Family dispuits (i.e. Romeo and Juliet)

6.  Difference ethnicities

7.  One or both parties is already in a relationship (adultery)

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