A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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Describe the issues or obstacles that prevent (or have prevented) the couples from successfully completing their unions in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Quite a few elements keep the many couples in this play apart, though each couple's trials are unique.

Hermia and Lysander's union is opposed by social obligations. Hermia is expected to obey her father in all things, and her father wants her to marry Demetrius rather than Lysander. In fact, he is so adamant against her marrying Lysander that he is willing to have her put to death for disobedience. The Duke of Athens...

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