Lysander-A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Who is Lysander?

Lysander is a great part for a young man. It is both romantic and funny. A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet were written about the same time, and there are similarities between Romeo and Juliet and this play. Lysander and Hermia can be seen as Romeo and Juliet lite. And of course, this is a comdey and things turn out well.

Lysander is a young Athenian noble who is in love with a young Athenian woman named Hermia. Lysandr's rival in love; Denetrius loves Hermia as well. Hermia's father; Egeus, favours Demetrius as a suitable suitor for his daughter. Helena is a young woman who loves Demetrius.

The law of Athens dictates that if Hermia does not marry Demetrius, she will be put to death or confined to a nunnery for the rest of her life.

Lysander convinces Hermia to run away at night to another town.

Lysander's Speech

A good persuasion: therefore, hear me, Hermia.
I have a widow aunt, a dowager
Of great revenue, and she hath no child:
From Athens is her house remote seven leagues;
And she respects me as her only son.
There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee;
And to that place the sharp Athenian law
Cannot pursue us. If thou lovest me then,
Steal forth thy father's house to-morrow night;
And in the wood, a league without the town,
Where I did meet thee once with Helena,
To do observance to a morn of May,
There will I stay for thee.

Demetrius follows Hermia into the woods. Helena follows Demetrius. The young men, who are interchangeable, battle for Hermia's heart.

What happens to Lysander?

Lysander and Hermia find a comfortable place in the woods to sleep. The mischievious faerie; Puck casts a spell on the sleeping Lysander, which causes the young man to fall in love with the first person he sees. He wakes up and sees the brooding Helena, unhappy with how Demetrius ignores her. Lysander now feels only loathing for the fair Hermia. Lysander abandons Hermia to chase Helena throught the woods. To complicate matters, Demetrius also falles under the love spell of the faeries and now loves Helena.

The night culminates in a big fight btween former best friends; Hermia and Helena. Lysander and Demetrius head off into the woods to fight ovr Helena.

The architect of the all this mischief; Puck, casts a spell of darkness so the young men lose their way and can't find each other to fight.

Wearily, the young lovers find their own place in the woods to go to sleep. Puck and the faerie king; Oberon use corrective spells to turn Lysander's heart back to Hermia. Demetrius remains under Helena's spell. They emerge from the woods in the morning ready to start their lives together, The previous night's events seem no more substantial than a dream

My lord, I shall reply amazedly,
Half sleep, half waking: but as yet, I swear,
I cannot truly say how I came here;

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