The cast of characters in A Midsummer Night's Dream and their relationships...
The Ballet Master in the real world and in the dream, mischievous Puck uses a magical juice to weave a tangled web of love.
Lysander is in love with Hermia, as she is with him. In the dream Puck pours love juice into his eyes, causing him to fall instantly in love with Hermia’s best friend, Helena.
Demetrius is also in love with Hermia, although she doesn’t care about him. At all. He rejects the advances of Helena, but the tables are turned in the dream as he becomes infatuated with her thanks to Puck’s love juice.
Hermia is adored by both Lysander, who she also loves, and Demetrius, who she hates. In the dream she is ignored as both men fall for Helena.
Helena is in love with Demetrius, who rejects her advances. In the dream, Puck’s magical juice causes both Lysander and Demetrius to become infatuated with her.
Theseus is in love with Hippolyta. He wants her to retire so they can marry, but she refuses. In the dream he becomes Oberon, King of the Fairies, and sends Puck to punish her for leaving him.
Hippolyta is torn between her love for Theseus and her love of dancing. In the dream she becomes Titania, Queen of the Fairies, and under Puck’s spell she falls for the donkey, Bottom.
Bottom is the company carpenter and has a crush on Hippolyta. In the dream Puck transforms him into a donkey and makes Titania fall deliriously in love with him.
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