A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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Explain the conflicts so far in A Midsummer Night's Dream. What characters are involved? How do you think they will resolve their conflicts?

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There are a host of conflicts in A Midsummer's Night Dream, all of which keep this zany comedy lively.

One conflict occurs between Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies. Titania has promised to take care of the son of her dear friend, an Indian woman who died in childbirth, but Oberon wants the little boy for his own entourage. Titania refuses to relinquish the lad, appealing to Oberon with memories of her tender friendship with his mother, but Oberon is not interested. He wants the boy and is determined to have him. The fairy rulers' quarrel has repercussions for the human world, as it affects the weather, making it stormier and causing crop failures.

Another conflict is between Hermia and her father, Egeus. Egeus demands Hermia marry Demetrius, and the law backs him up. However, Hermia is determined to marry Lysander, the man she loves. Adding to the complications, Helena is in love with Demetrius, who wants her to go away and leave him alone—something she is not willing...

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