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
A Dream Come True “When you are in love and you get hurt, it’s like a cut, it will heal, but there will always be a scar.” This anonymous quote accurately describes Helena’s attitude towards love in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. Helena is one of the main characters in this play. She is hopelessly in love with a man named Demetrius who unfortunately does not love her in return. After an eventful night involving the pair and two other characters (lovers Hermia and Lysander), some meddling fairies, and a considerable amount of love juice, Helena’s perspective on love changes. By the end of the play, she secures the happily ever after she so dearly longs for at the beginning, but that cannot erase the hurt she experiences throughout the comedy.
Being alike in many ways, the two main female characters also make a distinction. Engaging in the gauzy mystery of romance, Shakespeare points out that, when it comes to Hermia and Helena’s concept of love, the two female characters fit perfectly in the gender stereotypes by aggressively and passionately pursuing love. In contrast, Shakespeare states that the madness of Demetrius and Lysander can somehow be explained as they are believed to be deeply enchanted. The reader expects that the lovers would form two couples; however, nonparallel situations occur since both men love Hermia. In addition, the dramaturgic suggests that once Demetrius and Helena were lovers, they could be together again.
Demetrius goes from loving Helena to hating her, and loving Hermia to loving Helena because of the influence of the love potion. Helena and Hermia used to have a platonic love, but because of Lysander and Demetrius loving Helena, not Hermia, they feel hatred towards each other. Puck 's confusion over who is Demetrius causes Lysander to fall in love with Helena. Oberon trying to fix Puck 's mistake causes Demetrius to love Helena, and Helena to be distressed. Using the love potion causes Hermia and Helena confusion.
In the story it shows a love triangle between Orsino, Cesario (Viola), and Olivia. Cesario falls in love with Orsino, Viola is in love with Cesario, and Orsino is still in love with Olivia. The characters in the story all show happiness and joy throughout because it’s a story that ends in love unlike Romeo and Juliet where it ends in a tragedy. As said in Twelfth Night, “Its central plot concerns a love triangle between the Illyrian nobleman Orsino, his beloved but unattainable Olivia, and the shipwrecked Viola.” (Lee
This means that when love comes from looks it is more than likely gonna fail love comes from inside and shows actually how care for that person. Another instance in the play that love comes into effect is at the beginning really one girl likes a guy but he loves her best friend like in real life in most cases she never gets a chance “the course of true love never did run smooth(). In the play love does not run smoothly it keeps from relationships forming all because of a flower. In the play marriage plays a key role in most of the play though most marriages hit a rough patch or two like the one in the story. The Queen seems unhappy to the king so he send puck to get this flower so she will fall back in love with the king but little does he that when he sends puck after the boy for talking to the lady like garbage puck gives the flower power to the wrong guy with all of this going on the king says “ayme !for aught that ever i could read could ever hear by tale or history the course of true love never did run smooth”().
Although some may argue that the love between Romeo and Juliet makes the play a romance, the factors of tragedy, as mentioned above, can not be overlooked. Although throughout the play Juliet and Romeo have their romantic moments, their love has resulted in more consequences and tragedies. Conflict, abuse and death were the result of their love and it greatly overwhelms the play into a tragedy rather than a romantic love story. As such although there are romantic elements in the play, it is factor that contributes to the bigger picture as a tragedy. As David Cronenberg said, “All romances end in tragedy.
This line is told to someone that is hopelessly in love with someone that does not love them back. Helena responds with, “You draw me, you hardhearted adamant!” (Shakespeare, 2014, 2.1.195). Even with all the ways that Demetrius tells her that he does not love her, Helena still pursues him and tells him that the more he pulls away, the more she is drawn to him. Helena is hopelessly in love with Demetrius because he does not feel the same way about her that she does for him. By chance, Oberon overheard the two speaking and felt bad for Helena.
In twelfth night the characters face this question of what love is. Orsino a love crazy duke is in love the lady Olivia. Lady Olivia is a lady who is mourning the loss of her brother and father keeps rejecting Orsino 's pleads for love. Orsino than sends one of his favorite servant to woo her for him. This servant is named Cesario who is really a girl named Viola in disguise.
Despite all of this, she steals Desdemona's handkerchief for him, not really understanding his dastardly intentions. Hopeful he’ll appreciate her for once; she will “And give ’t Iago. What he will do with it/Heaven knows, not I./I nothing but to please his fantasy.," (3.3.305). However, by the end of the play, she has realized Iago is a cruel villain and assists with accusing him. She goes from wanting to help Iago gain more power, saying "Who would not make her husband a cuckold to make him a monarch?