What are examples of forced love in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream ?

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Several examples of forced love are as follows:

Theseus captures Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, and takes her to Athens against her will with the intent of making her his bride. She clearly has no say in this decision. As Theseus states,

Hippolyta, I wooed thee with my sword
And won thy love doing thee injuries.

In other words, Theseus forced this situation on her, though Hippolyta has now acquiesced to his desire for marriage.

Egeus, backed by Theseus, attempts to force Demetrius on Hermia, who wants no part of him. Both Egeus and Theseus insist that a father has a right to choose his daughter's bride and that Hermia should adjust herself to her father's point of view. Theseus says to her,

To you your father should be as a god . . .

He also tells her that whichever man her father picks for her to marry she should consider the "worthier" choice. This attempt at forcing love fails miserably.

If we interpret the love potions as forced love, Titania is forced to fall in love with Bottom, who is...

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