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The Love Juice In A Midsummer Night's Dream
"Lovers and madmen have such seething brains" (Shakespeare 71). On that midsummer's night, Oberon affected Helena and Hermia's lives forever. Because of the love juice, Helena and Hermia married the person they loved. Since Puck confounded Demetrius and Lysander, Hermia and Helena were affected. Puck had to fix his mistake so everyone would be happy. The following paragraphs will show how the love juice affected Hermia and Helena, and how they reacted to different circumstances.

In either case, the love juice made both their lovers become enthralled by Helena. However, they both loved Hermia before the love juice was used on them. The love juice turned Lysander's love for Hermia to loath, "Vile thing, let loose, Or I will shake thee from me like a serpent" (Shakespeare 52). Hermia loved Lysander and loathed Demetrius. On the other hand, Helena loved Demetrius and could abide with Lysander. Therefore, the love juice should of been delightful for Helena, but she ended up making it a lamentable night for herself. Likewise, Helena had a bad night too because Lysander was being spiteful.
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Hermia was in denial temporarily, and it even took a couple of spiteful comments from Lysander to make her get the picture. "You speak not as you think. It cannot be" (Shakespeare 49). Although Hermia and Helena were really good friends, Helena thought Hermia had sent Lysander and Demetrius to mock her, "Lo, she is one of this confederacy. Now I perceive they have conjoined all three" (Shakespeare 49). Helena was so enraged by Hermia's mockery that she started calling her a puppet because of her

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