Hermia's Disaster

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People's ideas of love can and often do, change.

Hermia shows how a persons love can change. In A Midsummer Nights Dream, her love for Lysander was infinite. Her father wants her to marry Demetrius and does not approve of Lysander. In order for them to be together, they plan to run away from the Athenian law. That night in the forest, they run into Helena and Demetrius. The King of Fairies, Oberon, sends Puck to put magic flower on Demetrius's eyes but instead he puts it on Lysander's eyes and he fall in love with Helena. Lysander says, "Transparent Helena! Nature shows art" (II.ii.5). After Puck puts the magic flower juice into Lysander's eyes, he wakes up to see Helena and immediately falls in love with her. Before the spell, Lysander loved Hermia but with the spell he fell in love with Helena thus proving people's ideas of love can change.

People's actions can influence other people's lives.

Hermia's love for Lysander is so strong, she decides to leave Athens to be able to be with him. As they explore to the forest, The king of Fairies, Oberon, sends his servant to go get a magical flower that makes you fall in love with the first person you lay eyes on. He plans to use it on Titania in order to get the Indian boy she has and also uses it on Demetrius so he can fall in love with Helena. Oberon says "Thou shalt know the man By the Athenian garments he hath on" (II.i.10). He sends Puck to put some flower juice into Demetrius's eyes but Oberon's description wasn't clear and that causes a problem towards Lysander and Hermia thus proving that peoples actions can influence other peoples lives.

There is magic in the world

Hermia decides to leave with Lysander from Athens in order to be together. In the forest, Oberon sends Puck to get "love-in-idleness", a magical flower the makes you fall in love with the first person you see. He uses it on Titania and he decide he wants to help Helena when he sees her and Demetrius arguing. He sends Puck to put the flower juice into his eyes but he mistakes his orders and put it in Lysander's eyes, messing up the love triangle. Puck says "Near this lack-love, this kill-courtesy.(squeezes flower juice on Lysander's eyelids)" (II.ii.4). While Lysander is sleeping Puck puts the magical flower into his eyes. When he wakes up he falls in love with Hermia thus proving that magic does exist in the world.

How The Character Relates To Me

Hermia relates to me because the conflicts she goes through. The conflicts of love she faces reminds me of my personal love troubles I've had before in the past. In the beginning, Lysander and Demetrius are both in love with Hermia but due to the magical flower Puck to put into their eyes they both fall in love with Helena which is Hermia's best friend. At the end, he corrects his path and Hermia and Lysander, Demetrius and Helena, and Theseus and Hippolyta get married all at the same day. This relates to me because when I was younger my dad wouldn't like the boys I would date. Eventually he gave in and now he understands me.
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