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The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth In love many conflicts arise that cause major problems and difficulties in relationships The main characters in William Shakespeares play A Midsummer Nights Dream which takes place in Athens Greece are Lysander and Hermia two lovers whose love is forbidden by Hermias father Egeus Helena and Demetrius are another couple Helena loves and stays faithful to Demetrius although he does not return her love until a spell is placed on him by the Fairy King Oberon The last couple in the play is Oberon and Titania two fairy lovers which argue because Titania has possession of an Indian boy that Oberon wants The main conflict starts when Lysander and Hermia run away to the magic forest Their actions lead Helena and Demetrius to the forest and the two mortal couples are changed through spells and led into many conflicts and setbacks There are three couples who encounter difficulties and obstacles in their pursuit of love Hermia and Lysander Helena and Demetrius Oberon and Titania Lysander and Hermia encounter many difficulties in their pursuit of Love Firstly Egeus Hermias father does not want Hermia to marry Lysander but instead of her true love she has to marry Demetrius For example Egeus says Stand Forth Demetrius my noble lord This man hath my consent to marry her 11 24-25 In the quotation above Egeus has come to court complaining to Theseus the duke of Athens Egeus wants Hermia to marry Demetrius but Hermia wants to marry Lysander Secondly Hermia is giving the ultimatum by Theseus that she must either marry Demetrius become a nun or die To illustrate Theseus says Take time to pause and by the next new moon The sealing-day betwixt my love and me For everlasting bond of fellowship Upon that day either prepare to die for disobedience to your fathers will or
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