Since Demetrius scorned Helena, and instead ran after a woman already in love with another man, this created a complicated love triangle which led to this entire story. This comparison should be made loosely, and for some comedic effect. He insults her and even threatens physical violence against her if she doesn't leave him alone! Shakespeare again blurs the line between reality and dreams. At the end of the play, Puck speaks to this theme by suggesting that the audience think of the play as a dream. The bride is the Amazon Queen, Hippolyta.
A potential explanation is that he remains under the influence of the love potion. Now Demetrius and Lysander both love Helena. Still, this argument actually makes a lot of sense. The action moves to nearby woods, inhabited by fairies. Nick Bottom A weaver, Bottom plays Pyramus.
Demetrius He is in love with Hermia, and her father's choice of a husband for her. There is a darker theme that runs throughout the play and underscores the lighter romantic themes and tropes. The interaction between these two therefore illustrate that deception and confusion are normal in this magical area, which stands in stark contrast to the environment from the first scene. He is one of the most important characters in the play, as he drives the plot forward with his impish pranks. Helen of Troy A Midsummer Night's Dream is set in ancient Athens and makes reference to Greek mythology throughout the play. No audience member would really believe that the Snug was really a lion; they know that they are watching a performance. But Helena persists, comparing herself to a dog who loves its master: ''And even for that do I love you the more.
On the other hand, Helena's problem of having both Demetrius and Lysander magically in love with her at the same time parodies Helen of Troy's difficulty with her own love triangle with Menelaus, King of Sparta, and Paris, Prince of Troy. Demetrius is absolutely clear that he does not want anything to do with her. Neptune is the Roman god of freshwater and the sea. Shakespeare is clearly calling our attention to her. Lesson Summary Shakespeare has written several plays themed around love. Instead, she spends a lot of the play desperately chasing after him.
They are happy with each other again. Despite her father's continued opposition to their union, the two marry with Theseus' blessing. Due to the possibility of lingering feelings for Helena, we are able to feel satisfied with how the story ends. The lovers are made to believe that the entire affair was a dream, and in the final passage of the play, Puck encourages the audience to think the same. He tells Puck to give Demetrius some of the love potion so that he will love Helena.
All four become lost in the woods near Athens. However, notice the contrast between this dreamy language and the somewhat dark and sinister tone that the imagery of the snake carries, especially since the next line features a kind of entrapment. This catches the interest of Oberon, king of the fairies, who decides to use magic to help Demetrius fall in love with Helena. All is at sixes and sevens. Theseus is eager to wed his fiancé, Hippolyta.
The play continues to explore whether or not love comes from the heart or from the eye after the question is posed within this speech. This further associates the forest with dreams and unreality that the human mind is incapable of fully comprehending and describing. With Theseus, Hippolyta embodies reason and social order. In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare examines the fleeting nature of love. In the same way, Puck weaves these worlds together by traveling back and forth between the two. Hermia does not want to marry him. The moment he falls out of love with Helena, he is able to easily fall in love with Hermia.
However, note how later in the play many characters will experience love through seeing, even though that seeing will be affected by outside forces. Lysander claims to be Demetrius' equal, and the play supports this claim — the differences between the two lovers are negligible, if not nonexistent — yet Egeus insists Hermia marry Demetrius. Her declaration here also introduces a negative aspect of love: jealousy. And Puck is not the most mindful of fairies. Puck has the final words of the play, emphasizing that the entire play was just a dream.