When he is woken by Helena, he immediately falls in love with her and rejects Hermia. To the best bride-bed will we, Which by us shall blessed be; And the issue there create Ever shall be fortunate. They tell their plan to , a girl who is madly in love with Demetrius. Puck returns, leading Helena, who is followed by the lovesick Lysander. And she is mine, and all my right of her I do estate unto Demetrius.
How shall we beguile The lazy time, if not with some delight? As the three couples retire to bed, Puck and the fairies return to bless the palace and its people. He wakes them up and wonders what could've brought them all together. Hermia's happiness appears to be of little consequence to him. If we offend, it is with our good will. Lysander brings this up in Act 1, calling Demetrius an 'inconstant man' 1. Hermia continues to defend Lysander even when he has told her that he no longer loves her. Together they arrive where Oberon is watching, and he realizes the mistake.
Yet mark'd I where the bolt of Cupid fell: It fell upon a little western flower, Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound, And maidens call it love-in-idleness. Theseus tells Hippolyta he can barely wait the four days until their wedding. We do not come as minding to contest you, Our true intent is. She knows Demetrius will follow them into the woods, and that she's betraying her friend's trust, but hopes it will win her back Demetrius's love. Constantly refusing his daughter's plea to marry the man she loves, Lysander, he demands that she be forced to marry Demetrius.
Helena notes that she is just as beautiful as Hermia, but does not appear so to Demetrius because love colors his perception. Meanwhile, Titania is still having fits of love over Bottom, who is happily being tended to by fairies and the Fairy Queen. Puck - Through the forest have I gone. He then finds Titania and drops the juice onto her eyelids. Her dotage now I do begin to pity: For, meeting her of late behind the wood, Seeking sweet favours from this hateful fool, I did upbraid her and fall out with her; For she his hairy temples then had rounded With a coronet of fresh and fragrant flowers; And that same dew, which sometime on the buds Was wont to swell like round and orient pearls, Stood now within the pretty flowerets' eyes Like tears that did their own disgrace bewail.
For all the rest, Let Lion, Moonshine, Wall, and lovers twain At large discourse, while here they do remain. Hermia and Lysander What's the deal? Why does Egeus turn a blind eye to Demetrius's flaws? But, Demetrius, come; And come, Egeus; you shall go with me, I have some private schooling for you both. She knows it can make someone blind to reason, and that it's not necessarily constant and true. But first I will release the fairy queen. But speak, Egeus; is not this the day That Hermia should give answer of her choice? Following the entertainment, Theseus wishes the couples to bed. With duty and desire we follow you. He offers her one of two options: she must either die or accept a celibate life as a nun in Diana's temple.
Together they return to Athens. The fire and burning here refers to what happens when Aeneas sails away for Italy: Dido, the Carthage Queen, throws herself onto a burning funeral pyre. In turn, Helena follows Demetrius in the hope that he will give up on Hermia and choose her instead. However, Egeus remains a difficult character, and the story ends happily only due to intervention by the fairies. When Demetrius rests, Oberon puts magic juice on his eyes, which makes him fall in love with Helena as well. For him, it seems, love and romance must exist somewhere between these two extremes. Demetrius, I'll avouch it to his head, Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena, And won her soul; and she, sweet lady, dotes, Devoutly dotes, dotes in idolatry, Upon this spotted and inconstant man.
He is a rational and practical. Demetrius deserts Helena in the forest, leaving her alone. Lysander quickly convinces Hermia to sneak into the woods the next night so that they may get married at his aunt's house outside of Athens. Puck eventually distracts the two men from their pursuit of Helena by impersonating their voices, and they get lost in the woods. Perhaps Shakespeare is using Egeus's insistence upon controlling his daughter to support this theme.
Now Hermia refuses to marry Demetrius. The group decides to practice the play in the wood. These My lips, This cherry nose, These yellow cowslip cheeks, Are gone, are gone: Lovers, make moan: His eyes were green as leeks. Helena - A young woman of Athens, in love with Demetrius. By this time, the Duke and other couples have all been married, and it's about time for them to seek their celebratory entertainment. Also, Titania will be totally humiliated.
One actor filling both roles also explains some of the jumbled dialogue in this scene, as it was probably the result of confusion over the role the actor was playing at the time. But Lysander notes that the forces of nature often conspire against love even if one gets to choose, and death, war, or sickness cut it short. Egeus asks the Duke to uphold the ancient law of Athens, which gives the father the right to pick his daughter's husband. Pyramus finds Thisbe's cape all torn and looking like a lion mauled it. Therefore the lion is supposed to announce that he is not a lion, but only a common man. However, Demetrius intervenes and tells them that he no longer loves Hermia, but rather only loves Helena. He then tells the audience that if anyone disliked the play, they should imagine that it was only a dream.