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    Comparing Couples from Midsummer Night's Dream

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    Hello, I have read a Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare and need help in describing the similarities and differences in Lysander & Hermia and Demetrius & Helena's relationship. What do the two couples have in common and how are they different?

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    To come up with 2 pages that provide a good analysis of the two mortal relationships in Midsummer Night's Dream all you have to do is use the following guide. You can do this in no time with ease!

    Think of the four people involved: Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, Helena.

    LYSANDER AND DEMETRIUS ARE VERY SIMILAR
    HELENA AND HERMIA ARE VERY DIFFERENT

    Who of the four try to WOO or seduce someone? ANSWER: DEMETRIUS & HELENA

    AT THE BEGINNING
    DEMETRIUS WANTS TO MARRY HERMIA
    HERMIA AND LYSANDER WANT TO BE TOGETHER
    HELENA WANTS DEMETRIUS & SHE THINKS SHE IS BEAUTIFUL AND SO THINKS DEMETRIUS SHOULD WANT HER INSTEAD OF WANTING HERMIA

    WHEN PUCK MAKES A LOVE POTION THAT THE TWO BOYS RECEIVE THINGS CHANGE

    DEMETRIUS WANTS HELENA (BUT HELENA DOESN'T TRUST HIM AT FIRST)
    LYSANDER WANTS HELENA

    HELENA THINKS IT IS WEIRD THAT THE TWO GUYS WANT HER
    HERMIA IS SAD THAT LYSANDER NOW WANTS HELENA; HERMIA THINKS IT MAY BE PHYSICAL FEATURE THAT MADE HIM CHANGE HIS MIND; HERMIA IS SHORTER AND DARKER THAN HELENA

    Do the two succeed? ANSWER: EVERYONE ENDS UP MARRIED BUT DEMETRIUS ENDS UP WITH HELENA NOT HERMIA

    What helps success? What hinders success? HERMIA's ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution outlines questions to consider when you need to compare and contrast two couples, two pairs, in this case couples from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.

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