How do the romantic relationships shift over the course of A Midsummer Night's Dream?
At the beginning of the play, two of the young lovers, Hermia and Lysander, intend to flee together to the home of Lysander's aunt to put themselves out of the reach of Athenian law so they can get married. They agree to meet in the woods outside Athens and, from there, to journey to Lysander's aunt's home.
Lysander and Hermia confide their elopement plan to Helena. Helena is jealous of Lysander and Hermia and reveals the plan to Demetrius.
The next night, Lysander goes into the woods, where he meets with Hermia. Demetrius also goes into the woods, hoping to disrupt Lysander and Hermia's elopement plans, because he wants Hermia for himself. Helena follows Demetrius into the woods, hoping to rekindle his love for her.
In the meantime, Oberon, the king of the fairies, and his queen, Titania, are having an argument over a young Indian prince who was given to Titania. Oberon sends his servant, Puck, to find a magical flower.
Oberon puts the juice of the flower on Titania's eyes while she's...
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