What are the main conflicts of each act in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

In act one, the main conflict is that Hermia wants to marry Lysander and not Demetrius. Act two's conflict revolves around King Oberon and Queen Titania's spat over possession of a young Indian prince. In act three, Lysander and Demetrius fight over Helena. Acts four and five are largely conflict-free.

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In act 1, the central conflict involves Hermia, who is expected by her father, Egeus, to marry Demetrius. The problem is Hermia is in love with Lysander. Because of their love, she vows that she would rather accept the punishment of becoming a nun than marry Demetrius. She and Lysander then run away together.

The conflict in act 2 is between King Oberon and Queen Titania. They are fighting over possession of a young Indian prince. Oberon tries to solve the problem by putting a love potion in his wife's eyes. Plans go awry, and the potion winds up making Lysander fall in love with Helena; Helena had instead been pursuing Demetrius.

The ferocity of the conflict gets taken up a notch in the third act. Lysander and Demetrius fight over Helena, while Hermia threatens violence against Helena for stealing Lysander from her. Lysander and Demetrius add to the conflict by arguing over which of them loves Helena more than the other.

Act four brings calm back to the characters's lives. Puck has taken...

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