Describe the different types of love (young, unrequited, etc.) that are portrayed in the play.

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kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Other types of love include the love of the friends (Lysander, Demetrius, Hermia, and Helena), unrequited love (when Helena refuses to give into Demetrius or Lysander when they are under the spell of the love potion), false love (for the same reason as above--the love potion causes false love), fantasy love (when Bottom is loved by Titania), young love (the four young lovers), and love triangle (Demetrius, Hermia, and Lysander, then Helena, Demetrius, and Lysander when the love potion is used).  There is also the parental/child love when you have Titania and Oberon fighting over the new child Titania has inherited.

rele | Student

different loves are false love, unrequited love, sisterly love, true love, forced love etcc 

lit24 | Student

To begin with we have the love story of Theseus and Hippolyta. Theseus has fought many battles and risked his life in order to win Hippolyta:"I woo'd thee with my sword / And won thy love, doing thee injuries." 

Next we have the pair of romantic lovers Hermia and Lysander and Helena and Demetrius who undergo many trials before they are united

Finally,  we have the fairy couple Oberon and Titania who are finally reconciled after a long period of separation.

What is common to all these different 'love stories' is the fact that 'the course of true love never did  run smooth'.

Shakespeare reveals to us that love at all levels, whether it is the royalty or the ordinary folk, or in the supernatural has to undergo a rigorous trial before  it succeeds.

True love will succeed if the lovers are faithful to their partners and remain patient during their time of separation and trial.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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