Love can be Painful or Blissful

Helena's love for Demetrius

The plot of A Midsummer Night's Dream basically revolves around Helena, Demetrius, Hermia, and Lysander, following them through Athens and the forest. One of the most important conflicts in the book is Helena's unreciprocated love for Demetrius.
Coldplay - Viva La Vida

1. Viva La Vida - Coldplay

"But that was when I ruled the world..."


I chose this song because it talks of how people can fall from other peoples' graces quite easily. In the book, Helena used to be successful, and contented, but no longer is accepted by her former fiance. If she could, Helena would probably listen to this around the beginning, where Demetrius is smitten with Hermia, and her problems plague her. The song has a wistful tone to it, relating to Helena's desire or love from Demetrius. This song would proves how painful loss can be, even if it isn't about love.

The Godfather Theme Song

2. Godfather Theme Song

I chose this song because it reflects the attitude of Helena throughout A Midsummer Night's Dream. The theme is very sad, like Helena in the beginning when she is grieving for the lack of returned affection from Demetrius. However, there are moments when the mood brightens, like in the book, where Helena feels hopeful again. The theme has no lyrics, but is also known as "the love waltz". It conveys feelings that one gets with love.
John Legend All Of Me Lyrics

3. All of Me - John Legend

I have chosen this song because it is very similar to Helena's feelings for Demetrius. No matter what faults Demetrius has, or how much Demetrius rejects her, Helena still feels affectionate towards Demetrius. Helena would probably listen to this song after she has been spurned by Demetrius outside the gates of Athens. The adoring and loyal lyrics fit Helena's personality.
Nick Jonas - Jealous (Audio)

4. Jealous - Nick Jonas

"Am I crazy, have I lost you...", "I still get jealous..."


This song represents jealousy towards a rival lover. Helena would listen to this after her confrontation with Hermia involving Demetrius. The song's lyrics are basically about feelings of jealousy, anger, and envy, which easily matches Helena's reaction to Demetrius openly confessing his love for Hermia. This piece of music reflects the chosen theme of A Midsummer Night's Dream because it says how love can cause pain to participants.

Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars

5. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol

"Those three words, are said too much, they're not enough"


Again, like the others, this song is about love, because Love is the most prominent theme in A Midsummer Night's Dream. The song also illustrates great emotion and love towards a person, be it a friend, or spouse. Like Helena, it openly expresses tenderness towards a certain person, and is very persistent in it's message. This song would fit any part of the book where Helena declares her devotion to Demetrius. Love can be addicting, and also very persistent.
Tom Odell - Grow Old with Me

5. Grow Old With Me - Tom Odell

Grow Old with Me clearly states the same things that Helena does in the text, though not in the same words. Overall, the lyrics represent a wish for commitment, meaning marriage. Like the previous song, Helena could listen to this song anywhere in the book where she longs for Demetrius to be together with her. This shows how a lack of reciprocated love can make one feeling extreme longing.
11 Sun God - Cut Copy

6. Sun God - Cut Copy

The greatly triumphant and exuberant tone of this piece gives me the idea that if Helena were to listen to it, she would at the end, when everyone is correctly matched and watching the play with Theseus and Hippolyta. The theme has a energetic feel to it. This is the only time when helena is truly happy. When she wakes up from the enchanted sleep, she is not really happy, but more confused.
The Original Troll Song - with lyrics

7. Troll Song

"Aahhhhhh ya-yaahhhh...", "Trolololololololololaah", "Yehyehyehyeh-ye-yeye-ye-yeye-yeh..."


Normally, I would say that this song would only fit the character of Puck, but here I have found an exception. The song is so random and confusing, it scrambles the focus of the listener him/herself. I infer that this was probably the feeling the Helena felt when waking up to Demetrius singing odes about his love the Helena, when hours ago he was professing his love for Hermia. In fact, the song would fit the feelings of all the mortals present. The song doesn't really tie in with love as much, but does show how things can be unbearably confusing at times. In this case, it would show the strange aspects of Love.

Franz Liszt - Liebestraum - Love Dream

8. Liebesträume - Franz Liszt

Liebesträume, or "love dream" in German, is a prominent piano piece from the Romantic period of western classical music. It is famous for it's dreamy and romantic character. Also, the use of pedal creates a heavy effect on the listener. It features the theme of Love. Personally, I think that the piano makes the piece sound more passionate. Helena would listen to this in any particularly emotional part of the book.

Soft Cell - Tainted Love (1981) (plus lyrics) [HIGH QUALITY COVER VERSION]

9. Tainted Love - Soft Cell

"I've got to run away, get away...", "This tainted love you've given...", "Don't touch me please - I cannot stand the way you tease..."


This song resembles Helena's feelings towards Demetrius over most of the book. It's lyrics are composed of verses about longing and remorse. It also says the same things than Helena says, such as "this tainted love you've given...". Helena would listen to this song after Demetrius' final rejection of Helena. In the book, Helena feels crushed and extremely sad, which is basically the mood of this song. This strongly supports the theme, Love can be Painful or Blissful by showing how painful love can become.

Ronald Bell (Kool & The Gang) - Celebration [Celebrate Good Times Come on! / HQ/HD]

10. Celebration - Kool & the Gang

"Celebrate good times, come on..."


This is last song in the playlist describing how Love can be Painful or Blissful. Celebration proves how love can be blissful. Like Sun God, I think Helena would listen to this at the end of A Midsummer Night's Dream. At the end of the book, Helena is properly set up with Demtrius, and Hermia, with Lysander. Everyone is getting married along with Theseus and Hippolyta, and face no opposition any longer. So, I feel that the would listen to this in celebration.