Shakespeare is presenting lust/love as an absurdity; passion fit only for fools.
Hermia runs away to the woods with her beloved Lysander.
Demetrius follows, as does Hermia’s friend Helena, who is in love with Demetrius.
opens with Theseus, Duke of Athens, eagerly anticipating his marriage to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons.
A courtier, Egius, brings his daughter, Hermia, before the duke, complaining that she refuses to marry Demetrius, the man he has chosen for her, as she is in love with another suitor, Lysander.