Once Hermia and Lysander leave, Helena gives her soliloquy which reflects the mood of anger and jealousy; she also talks about how she’s going to tell Demetrius the two lover’s plans, so that Demetrius will love her again. At the end of her soliloquy, she says, “But herein mean I to enrich my pain,/to have his sight thither and back again” (1.1.250-251). Helena is saying that she wants to see Demetrius when he comes back after he continuously mistreats her. This shows that she is completely foolish and lacks
In the first Act she states, “Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood. Stop up the access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between The effect and it” (I, v, 30-37). This speech she gives is crucial to her character development in the beginning of the play. What she is saying in this speech is that she is tired of her husband being weak and wishes that she could be a man.
Helena’s perception of herself is directly influenced by the fact that she is blindly in love with Demetrius, Helena lusts after him so passionately that she endures the pain of seeing him run after Hermia; thinking that spending a few moments with him filled by “sweet pain” is better than not being around him at all. Demetrius chases Hermia similarly to how Helena chases after him, he is annoyed by the fact that
Romance comes in all different forms and sizes, and Calbert understands that along with these she apprends why people fall in and out of love. Falling in love has a sense of vulnerability that requires taking risks that people are “willing to fail, / why we will still let ourselves fall in love,” in order to sustain real love. Calbert ends her poem with listing the romances with her husband and vows, “knowing nothing other than [their] love” because that is all that matters to her
These intense feelings that have condemned these characters to the Inferno were because these feelings were unnatural, for example, with Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta. Francesca fell in love with her husband's younger brother, Paolo, and through, “...reading led our eyes to meet, and made our faces pale, and yet one point alone, defeated us” (Alighieri, 80). There was an intense illicit feeling of love that Francesca and Paolo had, they are both sentenced to Inferno because her lover was
This shows her families hate brought about her love; the two opposing forces are vital to each other and are ever so knotted. These ideas reinforce how hate may very likely transform into a blooming love, such as when Friar Lawrence speculates its purpose within nature and states: For naught so vile that on the earth doth live But to the earth some special good doth give; Nor aught so good but, strained from that fair use; Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse. Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied And vice sometimes by action dignified. (II, iii, 17-22) Here, the explicit theme of the play signifies love as virtue good concept and hate as vicea bad topic. In the natural world, love may turn to hate when misapplied and hate into love by an honorable action.
However, this not the only example of fear in a character’s heart in the book or play. Roderigo also feels that same very fear Othello does, as he is talking with Iago after the Duke and senators leave the room, he states, “It is silliness to live when to live is torment” (Othello I,iii, 303). Roderigo is heart broken at having witness to Brabantio- Desdemona’s father- giving his blessing to Othello and Desdemona’s marriage, for he was so in love with Desdemona, it simply makes him want to die to not have her, in fear that he has lost her forever to the Moor general. Roderigo is so in love with the Venetian woman, that he would do whatever he could- even die to have her, no cost whether money or his own life- could get in his way. These two- envy and fear- power jealous up
The strong effects of love makes Helena a bit foolish and blind in the ways she reacts to it. In scene one of act one, the readers learn that Helena still loves Demetrius even though he loves her friend, Hermia, now. When Helena is first introduced, she demonstrates her jealousy and insecurities by asking Hermia for some of her beauty to win Demetrius back. Hermia and Lysander inform her that they are running away, and that
Ismene is stuck in between choosing what is right and what is dishonoring/wrong; the right choice would be to follow the divine law, their gods law, or follow Creon’s law that goes against the gods’. Creon’s man law also proves that his tragic flaw was hubris; his excessive pride and belief that his power was unlimited caused a series of events that led to his tragic downfall. The theme of gender roles, especially the “place” of women, is very limited. “Burying and mourning their dead relatives gave women an opportunity to do something important for their families. It brought women to the fore and gave them a role to play” (67), this quote is proving that a Creon is limiting one of the few things women were allowed to at the time of their society, which was for Antigone to bury Polynices.
89-92). She also becomes emotionally unstable in the wake of Odysseus’ disappearance, becoming easily swayed by her son’s words and reaching brief moments of clarity, before regressing back to “weeping/ for Odysseus, her husband”... when she mount[s] to her room again” (1. 410-412). But despite Penelope’s fragile state, she is still seen as being preferable over Kalypso due to the belief that it was good for women to depend on men. The quotes illustrate the clear divide
The conflict is probably the most important of what we have discussed so far. In “The Story of an Hour” the conflict is based on Mrs. Mallard and herself. She is fighting against the fact to be joyful about her husband’s death because she can be free; she is trying to mourn for her husband, “She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her, and she was striving to beat it back with her will--as powerless as her two white slender hands would have been.” (Chopin, paragraph 10, sentences 1-3). Despite that, her joy eventually consumes her, when Mr. Mallard comes home, she dies for lack of joy, or more accurately, she dies of shock, her heart is just too weak to sustain so much excitement at once. In “The Interloper” the conflict is between Ulrich and George, “The two enemies stood glaring at one another for a long silent moment.