Dear Agony Aunt
Dear Agony Aunt, I am in love with my girlfriend and really want to get married but her father doesn’t like me. He would rather his daughter married this other guy and so he has forbidden us from seeing each other. Should I fight for her hand or should I just accept her father’s decision? Lysander x
The course of true love never did run smooth.
Loves Hermia, then Helena, then Hermia
I am Lysander, an Athenian man who is in love with Hermia. However, I have a rival in this love, Demetrius, who is the favoured match of Hermia’s father, Egeus. Egeus complains about me and the bad influence I have on his daughter but, determined to keep my love, I ask Hermia to elope into the forest with me. I am a passionate man and I am therefore unreserved in my affections towards Hermia but, when I awake from my sleep, I fall passionately in love with another woman, Helena. I now loathe the sight of Hermia and fight with my rival Demetrius over the love of Helena rather than Hermia. Fortunately, at the end of the play, I fall back in love with my true love Hermia.
Being rebellious & forbidden love
Helena & Hermia
- ‘Scornful Lysander’ (Egeus. 1.1.95)
- ‘good Lysander’ (Hermia. 1.1.168)
- ‘gentle friend’ (Hermia. 2.2.55)
O wall, O sweet, O lovely wall
(2.2.52-54) Lysander riddles very prettily. / Now much beshrew my manners and my pride, / If Hermia meant to say Lysander lied!
(2.2.128-29) Good troth, you do me wrong, good sooth, you do, / In such disdainful manner me to woo.
(3.2.267-68) I would I had your bond, for I perceive / A weak bond holds you; I’ll not trust your word.
(3.2.330-35) You are too officious / In her behalf that scorns your services. / Let her alone; speak not of Helena; / Take her part; for if thou dost intend / Never so little show of love to her, / Thou shalt aby it.