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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Situational Irony

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Hermia: Thy love ne'er alter till thy sweet life end!

Lysander: And then end life when I end loyalty!

Why do the following statements from Hermia and Lysander as they say goodnight sound ironic?

A

Hermia wants Lysander to die if he were ever to stop loving her, so she is actually cursing him, instead of blessing him.

B

Oberon’s potion is what caused these two to fall in love in the first place and will cause it to end, as well.

C

Egeus is searching the woods for Hermia and Lysander with the intent of killing Lysander, thus, ending their love much sooner than they both think.

D

Thanks to Oberon’s potion, no one’s love is safe, even these two who truly believe that their love will never end.

E

Lysander would rather die than stop loving Hermia, which is what happens in Hermia’s dream.