Lysander (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
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A handsome young man of Athens, Lysander is in love with Egeus's daughter Hermia. Unfortunately, Egeus does not approve of Lysander and would prefer his daughter to marry a man called Demetrius. Meanwhile, Hermia's friend Helena has fallen in love with Demetrius. When Hermia is forced to choose between dying, never seeing a man again or marrying Demetrius, she and Lysander run away into the forest. They face different problems in the forest between love. After Lysander is put under Puck's spell, being mistaken for Demetrius he falls in love with Helena. After lots of fighting the spell is reversed and Lysander marries Hermia and they live very happy lives together.
He comes across as a very deep and passionate lover in the play. He is a strong character and does get confused, but this is purposely achieved as Puck applies a potion which makes his relationship with Hermia fade until he removes it and they marry and live happily ever after. He has often been compared[by whom?] to the character of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare wrote the play around the same time he was writing A Midsummer Night's Dream and some scholars have come to the conclusion that the two characters in the different plays are rather similar. Both are passionate lovers who would do anything for those they love.
- "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Retrieved May 9, 2011.
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