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In Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream there are both conflicts of love. In Romeo and Juliet it is more of a tragic love tale, while in A Midsummer Night’s Dream the compromise is more of a happy ending. The two are both written by the same author, so there are some similarities, like in characters.

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream the main characters are involved in some sort of love square. These characters are Hermia, Lysander, Helena, and Demetris. At the beginning of the book all of the characters were confused in who they loved and everyone loved the wrong person. By the end of the book, with the help of Puck everyone was able to realize who they were supposed to be with and it was a very happy ending. This is a contrast to Romeo and Juliet.

Romeo and Juliet’s story started out with a doomed to fail sense of thought. Belonging to two different families in the middle of a feud they were never supposed to be together. They got married but right after Romeo had to leave town. Juliet hatched a plan and pretended to be dead, but Romeo, not knowing of her plans thought she was dead and killed himself. When Juliet realized what had happened she in turn killed herself. This was a tragic love story, ending sadly, a major contrast to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Although there were major differences between the plots, there were also a few similarities. Some of the characters in the books reminded me of each other. Juliet sort of reminded me of Helena while Romeo reminded me of Lysander. Also, by both being love stories, Helena and Lysander’s running away together reminded me of Romeo and Juliet’s plans to run away together. These kinds of things seem to be a theme in many love stories.



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