The Friend Zone
Theseus's Dumping Spree
The fact that he dumped so many girls stunned me; the honorable Minotaur slayer Theseus, is also the guy who dumped 4 girls. Although Demetrius ditches Helena too, it's just really surprising that Theseus would do such a thing.
Although most of this lies outside the timeline of A Midsummer Night's Dream it does tie into it near the end.
In the beginning, there was one...
The first one he dumped as mentioned in the play A Midsummer Night's Play was Perigouna. Theseus killed her father, Sinis, who was a robber, and after he promised not to hurt her she came out from her hiding place. Later she bore his children however Theseus abandoned her.
The next person he loved was Ariadne. Ariadne helped him kill the Minotaur and escape the Labyrinth by giving him the golden twine, after making Theseus promise to marry her after he escaped.
You Save Me - Kenny Chesney #1
Somebody That I used to know - Gotye #2
Glad You Came - The Wanted #3
Wasted Love - Matt McAndrew #4
Theseus certainly has a lot of wasted love; on Perigouna, Ariadne, and Aegles. He would probably feel like this when his relationship with Aegles started breaking, but due to his persistence, he soon found Hippolyta. For this one he would actually target this towards Perigouna, Ariadne, and Aegles all together even. He thinks he still hasn't found the right person. He thinks he has to keep looking. But it's all good because he found Hippolyta. RIght?
Soldier - Damien #5 & I Knew I Loved You - Savage Garden #6 & I Found You - Anthony Evans #7
After fighting many battles against the Amazon, Theseus captured Hippolyta,the magical queen of the Amazons who owned the Magic Girdle from Ares, her father. Theseus's original intention was to capture the Girdle, which he did but he also captured Hippolyta, whom he had to fight even more battles for.
Theseus was completely entranced by Hippolyta the moment he saw her. Hippolyta wasn't really just any other Amazon. After all, she's magical and as an added bonus the son of Ares.Luckily, we've come to the end of the line. Hippolyta is the last one in the list; they are just starting their marriage near the end of the play. Hippolyta was his "Beautiful fire burning through the sky." Theseus would probably listen to this song soon after he found Hippolyta and threw way Aegles. He would direct these songs towards Hippolyta, obviously.
Maybe he thinks that it was worth it to come this way, that in order to find true love, dumping people is okay.