A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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What obstacles challenge Lysander and Hermia's love?

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There are two significant challenges for Lysander and Hermia to overcome in their love for one another in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The first challenge to their love comes from Hermia's father, Egeus, who insists on his paternal right to choose Hermia's husband. Egeus disapproves of Lysander as a suitable match for his daughter and prefers that Hermia marry Demetrius. Hermia refuses to marry Demetrius, so Egeus takes Hermia before Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to have Theseus order Hermia to marry Demetrius.

Hermia asks Theseus to tell her the consequences if she refuses to marry Demetrius.

HERMIA. . . . I beseech your Grace that I may know
The worst that may befall me in this case,
If I refuse to wed Demetrius.

THESEUS. Either to...

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