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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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The Dramatic Function of the Love Potion

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What is the dramatic function of the juice of the flower love-in-idleness?

A

Puck's use and misuse of the potion allows Shakespeare to effect much of the action of the play.

B

Through Oberon's use of the flower, Shakespeare is able to create more comedy with the fairy queen falling in love with a man with an ass's head.

C

Through Puck's use of the potion, Shakespeare is able to explain and create the four couples at the end of the play: Lysander and Helena, and Hermia and Demetrius.

D

Through Puck's and Titania's use of the potion, Shakespeare is able to create more conflict and generate more audience interest in the actions of the play.

E

The potion's use in this play enhances the supernatural elements of the plot.