A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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In A Midsummer Night's Dream, why does Puck put the juice from the flower into Lysander’s eyes? How does Helena react to Lysander’s sudden love for her when she awakens?

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In act 2, scene 1 of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oberon, King of the Fairies, is having a disagreement with Titania, Queen of the Fairies, about a young Indian prince who Titania refuses to share with Oberon.

Oberon decides to take revenge on Titania and tells his fairy servant, Puck (also known as "Robin Goodfellow"), to find a rare purple flower.

OBERON: And maidens call it love-in-idleness.
... The juice of it on sleeping eye-lids laid
Will make or man or woman madly dote
Upon the next live creature that it sees. (2.1.171-175)

Oberon hopes to use the juice of the flower to trick Titania into loving the first thing she sees when she wakes up.

OBERON:The next thing then she waking looks upon,
Be it on lion, bear, or wolf, or bull,
On meddling monkey, or on busy ape,
She shall pursue it with the soul of love. (2.1.183-186)

Oberon sends Puck off to find the flower, and while he waits for Puck's return, he sees Helena pursuing Demetrius. Helena is intent on having Demetrius love...

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