What can we learn from A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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This play teaches us you can’t force someone to love someone else. This is a general issue in the play. Egeus tries to choose a spouse for his daughter against her wishes. In another situation, the potion Puck is given by Oberon causes trouble because it tricks people into thinking they are in love with someone when they really aren’t. The love is not real. You cannot force someone to be in love. If the love is not real, then chaos will result. That is what happens with the mismatched lovers in the forest.

In the end, the story has a happy ending because everyone ends up with the right person—the person he or she chooses. Theseus and Hippolyta choose each other from the beginning, and the play ends with their wedding and with all the other pairs successfully matched.

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