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Hermia and Lysandar are deeply in love. However, Hermia’s father decides to marry her to Demetrius, who had supposedly already given his vows to Helena. Due to Athenian law, to disobey a father’s marital arrangement could lead to death, Hermia and Lysander decides to elope for love and to save Hermia’s life. In order to put Helena’s mind at ease, the couple confides their eloping plan to her, but she, in turn, tells Demetrius of their plan.
When they reach the woods, the king of the fairies, who had a dispute with his queen, sees them, and decides to ‘set things right’. The fairy king orders his servant to rub a magic potion on Demetrius’s eyes, so that when he wakes up and sees Helena, he will fall in love with her. However, the servant mistaken Lysander to be Demetrius. When the king finds out, he finds Demetrius and both men fall in love with Helena. Helena believes they have all teamed up to trick her. When they have all gotten tired, they fell asleep. Finally, the king orders his servant to do the job right this time.
The young couples wake up, in love with the right person. When Hermia’s father discovers this, he had to succumb to the young couples’ will. The king also wins his queen back through a trick with the same magic potion.