The four lovers run away to the woods outside of Athens. In the woods, a world of fairies dwell. The fairy king, Oberon, stumbles across Demetrius and Helena while Helena is begging Demetrius to love her. Since Oberon is having some problems with love on his own, he tries to help Helena with her unfortunate situation. He sends his jester, Puck, to use a flower that, if its juice is dropped onto someone who’s sleeping’s eyes, will make the person fall madly in love with the first person they lie their eyes on. “Take thou some of it, and seek through this grove; A sweet Athenian lady is in love with a disdainful youth; anoint his eyes; but do it when the next thing he espies may be the lady. Thou shalt know the man by the Athenian garments he hath on.”(64) Puck, following Oberon’s orders, finds Lysander and Hermia instead of Demetrius and Helena. Anointing Lysander’s eyes, he leaves, thinking he did his bidding. Helena finds Lysander sleeping, and, wi...
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...sanders quotation proved itself to be true again.
Shakespeare captured the idea that true love’s course never runs smooth extremely well in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and several pieces of literature in modern times follow suit to that idea. Modern authors write stories about people who are in love and have to move away from each other, ultimately causing the course of true love to not run smooth. The popular novel, The Fault in Our Stars, also follows this idea since the two lovers are separated due to their cancer diagnosis. Outside of literature, things like divorce and laws against same sex marriage cause the course of true love to not run smooth. Both in Shakespeare’s times and in modern day, “the course of true love never did run smooth”(28) is an idea that proves itself again and again.
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