In A Midsummer Night's Dream, one of the masterpieces of William Shakespeare, Shakespeare explores various aspects of love and friendship. With the help of the main characters such as Lysander, Demetrious Helena and Hermia, he endeavors that the path of love is full of obstacles, however, if one is committed and faithful, he/she can defy those obstacles leading him/her to success. As Lysander says “The course of true love never did run smooth”, the love stories presented in the play undergo difficult situations but eventually the genuine love is recognized by the triumph of the true loves.
As in virtually every love story, Lysander and Hermia’s love story has a twist to it: Hermia's father demands Hermia to marry Demetrious. This is a very classical situation. In the past, parents had the rights to arrange their daughter’s marriage to whoever they please. Usually they would exercise their rights which is the very case in Hermia’s life. This creates a big problem and cause a tremendous pressure for Hermia and Lysander, as they love each other. In addition, the Athenian rule that governs father's right to choose groom for his daughter promotes the duke to warn Hermia to make a decision in very short period of four days that either she wants to be a nun for life or marry Demetrious.
Furthermore, the absence of Hemia's mother in the story seems to make it difficult for Hermia, however it’s can’t be said that her mother’s presence could have alter the situation. If her mother was alive, as a women herself she might have understood where Hermia stands. At least Hermia would have gotten some more support. Nevertheless, even if her mother had supported her, women had very little to say in any major decisions during those days. In the past, as the head of the family, fathers usually claimed that they were superior to anybody in the family and their decision were unquestionable even by their wives. Thus, in any case Hermia had to face her father's opposition in her love life.
Helena’s love life is also loaded with problems. She craving for Demetrious’s love remains unfulfilled as he devotes his love to Hermia. This usual love triangle is very common these days. Many well-known public figures relations are ruined because of their love affairs. For instance, celebrities Laura Dern, Billy Bob Thornton, and Angelina Jolie were known for their love triangle and it was a source of major friction between Angelina and Laura. Similarly, Helena's life is ruined because of her "one sided love “. Being aware of the situation that Demetrious loves Hermia, Helena is struggling to figure out the reason...