Shakespeare Couples, Ranked from Most to Least Dysfunctional

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#2: Demetrius & Helena, and Lysander & Hermia

This Shakespearian romance is not actually a couple but a quartet—and at the conclusion of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, they end up as two happily married couples. Their courtships are all so intertwined, though, that I had to group them together.

What seems like an impossible web of emotions and missed connections is somehow all resolved by a wild night in the woods, while the characters are off their heads on mind-altering potions and/or jealousy.

All’s well that ends wells, and the couples are set by morning, married that evening, and blessed by a protective spell as they sleep that night.

Topics: Books
Tags: shakespeare, hamlet, the tempest, ophelia, othello, macbeth, much ado about nothing, a midsummer night's dream, fictional couples, the merchant of venice, shakespeare characters, shakespeare's plays, shakespeare couples, these are people who really should not be in relationships

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