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When the finished product of the play," A Midsummer Night’s Dream," came out to the public there were many critics that gave reviews on how this would be Shakespeare’s “next big thing”. One specific criticism that was written by M.E. Comtois, is written about the comedy of the lovers in the play.The characters Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius are part of the comedic elements in the play. Due to the fact that all of their personalities are extremely similar, it gave Shakespeare the inspiration to make their lives more like a comedy. The repetition of events and what these characters would do next, made it seem as though they were puppet like. The comedic elements of the play really start to set in when these characters enter the forest. Lysander and Hermia decide to sleep separate from each other, and their attitudes and behaviors demonstrate a comedic vibe. This is followed by Puck’s misuse of the love potion.This reveals the completly staged "true love". Out of all of the characters, Helena was ultimately affected by Puck the greatest amount. Due to Puck’s misuse of the love potion, Lysander and Demetrius both fall in love with Helena, and she takes this as an ignorant joke. In addition, the constant fighting and conflict over what character loves who is extremely repetitive in certain parts of the play. This was taken to be the funniest part of the play. Comtois’s article used conclusive information to support his argument. It is clearly shown that these characters are only used for comedic amusement continued to act like this in the similar portions of the play. Comtois's “The Comedy of the Lovers in A midsummer Night’s Dream” can be used as a significant source. His points are extremely valid and intelligent
Comtois, M. E. "The Comedy Of The Lovers In A Midsummer Night's Dream." Essays In Literature 12.1 (1985): 15-25. Literary Reference Center. Web. 3 Apr. 2013.