The story begins with Demetrius pledged to marry Hermia, daughter of Egeus. Puck has turned Bottom's head into that of a donkey.
Disoriented by the love juice and not remembering what happened, he concludes that he is indeed the killer and so takes his own life.
Lysander and Hermia run off together and get lost in the woods, and Demetrius and Helena follow them. He solves the problem of Demetrius not loving Helena by leaving the pansy-juice on Demetrius's eyes. Demetrius is still seeking Hermia with no hope of success and Lysander is trapped in the daze of love for a woman that is not his true love.
All the Mechanicals' hard work finally pays off—they get to perform a play that touches on the severity of what could have happened to two doomed lovers Pyramus and Thisbe here serve as a tragic reflection of the happier Lysander and Hermia.
Also, Oberon promises the couples will be happy and in love for the rest of their lives.