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The 8 Most Messed-Up Relationships in Literature

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Oberon and Titania from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Look, there is no right way to be in a relationship. But as we’ve established, there certainly is a wrong way, and the wrong way involves love potions.

Oberon and Titania are having a little bit of a tiff in A Midsummer Night’s Dream because Titania has a changeling boy she’s refusing to hand over to Oberon (you know, your typical lover’s quarrel). So Oberon uses a “magical juice” to make her fall in love with Nick Bottom, who has by this point been transformed into roughly half a donkey. It’s all kinds of nuts, but what’s even more nuts is that it works, and the fairy king and queen of the forest just go about their lives. Presumably, Oberon has never heard of things like “conflict resolution” and “communication.”

Topics: Books
Tags: harry potter, twilight, relationships, wuthering heights, books we love, the great gatsby, classic literature, literary couples, macbeth, a midsummer night's dream, unhealthy relationships, toxic relationships, fictional relationships, the opposite of relationship goals

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