What are the unresolved situations at the end of Act II?What might be possible outcomes?

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At the end of Act 2, Hermia has awakened to find Lysander missing.  She does not know he woke earlier and saw Helena with whom he instantly fell in love because Puck accidentally put the juice of the love flower on Lysander's eyes.  Hermia has had a nightmare that frightened her and was, as it turns out, a premonition because in the nightmare, Lysander didn't help a distressed Hermia.  Also as the act ends, Helena thinks that Lysander is making fun of her with his declarations of love because she knows that he loves Hermia.  She isn't flattered by his declarations; she is offended and she is running away from him hunting for Demetrius.  As the act closes, the audience doesn't know what will happen with Titania either.  Oberon has annointed her sleeping eyes with the juice from the love flower and said, as he did so, that he hoped she'd awaken and fall in love with some vile thing.  Since Puck has not yet changed Bottom's head to that of an ass, we don't know what "vile thing" Titania will see when she wakes.  There are an unlimited number of possible outcomes, but the logical ones are that the confusion among the lovers and who loves whom will continue with maybe even a complete reversal of the original pairings and that Titania will indeed see something vile or at least ridiculous when she wakes and fall in love with it.  The scene is set for lots of possible comedy at the end of Act 2.  The magic of the flower's juice creates much of the comedy along with Puck whom we learned about at the beginning of Act 2 when he was described as being ornery.

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