In the play A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare, many of the characters relentlessly pursue their goals in the face of illogical decisions, and, while fictional items such as the “love-in-idleness” flower are used to explain the character’s sudden love for each other, the play does illustrate how love and ambition can lead to unforeseen consequences. For example, when Puck accidently anointed Lysander’s eyes with the “love-in-idleness” juice, he started a chain of events leading to Lysander and Demetrius fighting over Helena while Hermia is treated as though she is worthless. Moreover, at one point, Lysander and Demetrius even threatened to duel each other when Lysander awoke after being anointed with the flower 's juice and said, "Where is Demetrius? O, how fit a word is that vile name to perish on my sword" (61). This shows how the character’s love for certain other characters, and their ambition to pursue said love, can lead to the destruction of previous relationships and lead them to make dangerous decisions.
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Helena thinks that both Demetrius, Lysander, and Hermia are all playing a prank on her by making Demetrius and Lysander act like they love her. Helena delivers a monologue where she is accusing Hermia of being in on the prank. In Helena's monologue, Shakespeare portrays her character as a hurt, confused, and sad friend. Shakespeare cultivates this character through the use of accusatory and negative diction, symbolism, and similes.
In the play; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare drives the story with conflict by showcasing situations that reveal the strikingly self-centered side of each character, and sends a message that says selfishness is wrong through consequences. In life, most people have met that irritating person who just doesn't seem to listen to reason, no matter how crazy they sound. Shakespearean characters are no exception, especially when there's something in it for them. Egeus demands a marriage between Hermia and Demitrius, Helena disregards her friendship with Hermia, and Oberon orders Titania to be drugged, all causing a chain of events that take place during the play. Shakespeare then uses these circumstances to deter the audience from selfishness in a
While there was a time when Demetrius loved her, that time is bygone as he is enamoured with Hermia now. Helena painfully watches her lover fall for her best friend, swayed not by reason but by appearance. As a result, she is familiar with the agony of loving someone because she experiences one sided love. For that reason, it causes her to be envious of Hermia and become obsessed with reclaiming Demetrius’ love. This makes her act out of character, portraying one of the major themes in the play that love causes one to act irrationally.
In Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the question of reality or magic arises often questioning the root of one’s love. As the play begins a love triangle is presented with Demetrius, Hermia, and Lysander. This triangle left out Helena, the lovesick woman who is desperately in love with Demetrius. Helena states, “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,” believing that Demetrius has built such a fascination with Hermia that he could not see her own beauty (I. i.234).
“Hubris itself will not let you be an artist” (Wall). Hubris defines itself as over the top pride. When one believes they hold all the power in a situation, they achieve nothing, because they see only the “small picture” of themselves as the “star of the show”. Bottom, a weaver, in William Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, believes that he can perform all the parts in the play. He thinks the audience enjoys his acting.
Demetrius is saying he loves Helena more than Lysander. Even though they both love Helena neither of them have her. Last, Hermia and Lysander plan on getting married. The romantic scene is between the lovers Hermia and Lysander. “There, gentle Hermia may I marry thee” (Shakespeare 12).
Toba Beta once said: "“Justice could be as blind as love.” Shakespeare 's play A Midsummer Night 's Dream captures the blind bias of both love and justice. Egeus, a respected nobleman in Athens, arranged for his daughter, Hermia, to marry nobleman Demetrius. Egeus tells his daughter that she must obey his wishes: if she does not, she can either choose to become a nun, or die. Hermia, much to her father 's dismay, is deeply in a mutual love with a different nobleman, Lysander.
A midsummer night’s dream is a romantic comedy which deals with young people falling live but then they have to overcome certain obstacles – which would usually be the parents – before they are able to wed. Shakespeare links male domination with the tragedy and romance in this play. This is shown multiple time throughout the story. William Shakespeare demonstrates negative treatments towards women during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
She also shows passivity as she allows Demetrius to guide her actions, and treat her so terribly without refuting him. Demetrius displays his animus traits in his response to Helena’s love. He is assertive and decisive. He has decided to pursue Hermia and refuses to relinquish that desire. Demetrius is assertive regarding this desire and forcefully rejects Helena’s love and tells her to “follow [him] no more” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2, Scene 1, line 202).
"Othello" by Shakespeare is a well-known and outstanding literary composition which pays distinctive attention to the dangers associated with jealousy. The play deals with the root and driving force of all evil and exemplifies how far jealousy can induce a human being as well as destroy lives by mere circumstantial evidence. According to Godfrey (1972), “Jealousy, once awakened, becomes self-perpetuating, self-intensifying, and where no evidence for it exists, the jealous person under the impulse of an extraordinary perversity will continue to manufacture it”. Jealousy manages the characters’ lives in "Othello" from the beginning of the play, when Roderigo feels jealousy towards Othello because he desires to be with Desdemona, and to the ending of the play, when Othello is furious with envy because he supposes Cassio and Desdemona have been engaging in a love affair. Some characters’ jealousy is generated by other characters.
Again they are deliriously in love because of the love drug. In the beginning of the play neither of the males want anything to do with Helena, she is blindly chasing after Demetrius desperate for his attention, but he brushes her off. Oberon orders puck to put the spell on Demetrius. “Thou shalt know the man by the Athenian garments he hath on.” (II, i ln 42 & 43)
Hermia, much to her father 's dismay, is deeply in a mutual love with a different nobleman, Lysander. In addition, Hermia 's childhood best friend and Demetrius were in love prior to his sights turning towards Hermia. This crushed Helena, causing her to lose self-confidence, but still: she yearns for Demetrius 's love. Hermia and Lysander 's love, Egeus 's harsh rule, and Helena 's unrequited love for Demetrius causes the lovers to leave Athens.
Have you ever fallen in love with someone who has no interest in you and doesn’t love you back? Did that person suddenly start loving you out of nowhere? In A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, Helena’s hunger for love brings out a desperate side in her and takes her through interesting adventures with love. One can infer that Helena is hurt by love when she reacts to love in a foolish manner and remains skeptical about it even near the end of the play.