Lysander (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

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Lysander
A Midsummer Night's Dream character
Simmons-Hermia and Lysander. A Midsummer Night's Dream.jpg
Hermia and Lysander by John Simmons (1870)
Created byWilliam Shakespeare

Lysander is a fictional character in William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.

A handsome young man of Athens, Lysander is in love with Egeus's daughter Hermia. However, Egeus does not approve of Lysander and prefers 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 by the next full moon, she and Lysander run away into the forest. After Lysander is put under Puck's spell, being mistaken for Demetrius he falls in love with Helena, but Helena loves Demetrius. Eventually, the spell is reversed and Lysander marries Hermia. There is a party at the end where the Mechanicals perform their play and Hermia and Lysander get married.

References[edit]

  • "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Retrieved May 9, 2011.