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What is the dramatic function of the juice of the flower love-in-idleness?
Puck's use and misuse of the potion allows Shakespeare to effect much of the action of the play.
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.
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.
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.
The potion's use in this play enhances the supernatural elements of the plot.