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The Lovers


The story of the lovers is central to the play. The four present different faces of love: Hermia, who is prepared to abandon society and family for love; Helena, who loves devotedly and jealously; Lysander, who loves but is fickle; and Demetrius, who is cruel in love and must be enchanted to realise where his happiness lies.

The adventures of the lovers in the woods provide much comedy, as Oberon meddles with their natural affections to produce different pairings. At the same time, they offer Shakespeare the chance to comment on lovers, for their foolishness and cruelty, but also on the triumph of true love in the end.

Pyramus and Thisbe

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