This scene is relevant to today's world because in both A Midsummer Night's Dream and in the modern day, parents still forbid their daughter to date or get married to certain men. They want their daughters to marry a man that they believe is the best match for her. In Act 1 Scene 1, Egeus is upset that Hermia want's to marry Lysander and not Demetrius. Egeus and Theseus eventually tell her she could either, marry Demetrius, become a nun, or be killed.
Egeus: "Scornful Lysander, true, he hath my love, And what is mine my love shall render him. And she is mine, and all my right of her I do estate unto Demetrius" (1.1, 95-98)
Act 1 Scene 1
Father to Daughter: "Although I like Lysander, you cannot marry him, you must marry Demetrius."
This scene is relevant to today's world because young couple's still run away to get married when their family doesn't accept their relationship. In Act 1 Scene 1, Hermia and Lysander run off into the forest when Hermia's father doesn't accept the two to be together.
Hermia: "Take comfort. He no more shall see my face. Lysander and myself will fly this place. Before the time I did Lysander see Seemed Athens as a paradise to me. Oh, then, what graces in my love do dwell, That he hath turned a heaven unto a hell!" (1.1. 102-107).
Modern Hermia: "Dont worry, you won't ever see my face again. Lysander and I are running away from here"
Act 3 Scene 1
Puck's character is relevant to today's world because there are still people who like to play practical jokes. Often times when people are playing these jokes on others, it ends up not going as planned and start a whirl wind of problems long term. An example would be puck turning Bottom's head into an ass and Puck accidentally pouring the love potion on Lysander and causing havoc.
Bottom: "I see their knavery: this is to make an ass of men, to fright me if they could. But I will not stir from this place, do what they can. I will walk up and down here and I will sing, that they shall hear i am not afraid" (3.1, 59-63).
Act 5 Scene 1
In the modern day, there are bullies and immature people who don't pay attention to what they are doing and end up causing bigger problem from their mistakes.
The scene of the couples getting married at the end of the play is relevant to today's world for many reasons. The first reason is that there is still a custom for the public to celebrate a royal marriage. In many weddings like this in the play and in modern day, there is entertainment and excitement throughout.
Oberon (sings): "Now until the break of day, Through this house each fairy stray. To the best bride bed will we, Which by us shall blessed be. And the issue there create Ever shall be fortunate. So shall all the couples three Ever true in loving be. And the blow of Nature's hand Shall not in their issue stand" (5.1, 361-370).
Modern day Oberon: "We come here today to bring in the marriage of these 3 couples. Each of these couples will always be faithful and in love and their children will have no problems in life."
Fantasy stories like in the play and in the modern day are still very common for not only children but adults as well. People still enjoy these stories with fairies, enchanted sleep, and shape shifters. Examples of those in the modern day are Disney and Marvel. Even though they are portrayed in different ways, they are still common all these years later.
Fairy: "Over hill, over dale, Thorough bush, thorough brier, Over park, over pale, Thorough flood, thorough fire. I do wander everywhere Swifter than the moon's sphere. And I serve the fairy queen To dew her orbs upon the green. The cowslips tall her pensioners be. In their gold coats spots you see. Those be rubies, fairy favors" (2.1, 2-12).
In modern day, children enjoy watching shows and movies about fictional characters like the one's in the play. They are less likely to read and watch plays on it, however, fantasy stories are still very common.
Description: Lysander is a young man who falls in love with Hermia. However, Hermia's father, Egeus, has his mind set on his daughter to marry Demetrius. Because of this, he and Hermia run of into the woods. In the woods, the fairy, Puck, accidentally puts love potion in his eyes, making him fall in love with Helena. After a lot of fighting and conflict, Lysander and Hermia live happily every after
Description: Hermia is Egeus daughter, and young women of Athens who is expected to marry Demetrius. When she falls in love with Lysander, she has to choose to either be killed or become a nun if she does not marry Demetrius. Because of Puck's love potion, both Demetrius and Lysander end up falling in love with Helena, which Hermia because very self conscious of.
Description: Puck is a mischievous fairy who likes to play pranks on mortals. He is the cause for many complications throughout the play, one of which was accidentally putting the love potion in Lysander's eyes. He also transformed Bottom's head into an ass. He is important in this play because he created all the main drama.
Description: Oberon is the king of fairies in the forest. He gives most of his orders to Puck, like the love potion, which eventually caused many problems throughout the forest. However, the reason for the love potion was because his wife, Titania, was upset with him and eventually left.
Description: Titania is the queen of fairies, and is married to Oberon. She gets upset when Oberon doesn't agree to make a Knight out of a young Indian boy. She is seen as strong women in the play who can stand on her own ground, however like many other women, is subject to the scheme of men.
Description: Demetrius is a young Athenian man, who is engaged to Hermia. He claims to be in love with her however, is just saying that to please Egues and Theseus. He gets the love potion in his eyes and falls in love with Helena, who he eventually marries. He is seen to be a little insensitive in the beginning of the play when he tells Helena he is not interested in her
Description: Helena is also a young women of Athens, who is friends with Hermia and in love with Demetrius. She and Demetrius were once dating but once Hermia came along, Demetrius left her for Hermia. Helena is very self conscious of her looks and thinks she is being mocked when Lysander and Demetrius both fall in love with her from the love potion.
Description: Egeus is the father of Hermia, who is arranging her to marry Demetrius. Egeus approaches Theseus when Hermia refuses to do so.
Description: Theseus is the ruler of Athens and represents law in the play by deciding what will happen to Hermia if she does not marry Demetrius. She can either marry Demetrius, become a nun, or be killed.