What Can Love Really Do?

Malik Daniels 5/5

Can peoples' actions can influence other people's lives?

Throughout Act I of A Midsummer Night's Dream Helena examplifies the other discouraged the idea that a person's actions can influence other people's lives. For example, in Act I Helena felt worthless because Demetrius didn't see her to be as beautiful as other people in the city of Athens did causing her to become upset. I know that she felt some type of way cause of this because in the play it states "Through Athens I am thought as fair as she. but what of that? Demetrius thinks not so. He will not know what all but he do know. And as he errs, doting on Hermia's eyes, So I, admiring of his qualities. Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind. And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind"(I.ii.226-244). This quote expresses that people's actions can influence others' lives I know this is true because because Demetrius does not like her she is depressed. So all in all because the person she liked didn't like her back she was negativly affected by his decision. I feel like peoples' actions deter how another person acts because we have feelings and things that people do towards us can alter our mood, thought process, and emotions. In this case it's clear that Helena let's Demetrius alter her emotions because of the fact that he did not believe she was as beautiful as others in the city of Athens did let alone beautiful at all. Helena clearly reveals that the statement "Can peoples actions can influence other peoples' lives

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People's emotions usually control how they act.

Not to far in Act 1 scene 2 did I discover that people's emotions usually control how they act. I realized this because Helena doesn't care that she will get hurt in the process she just wants Demetrius to notice her even if the attention she receives is negative. To get back at Hermia and Demetrius, Helena is going to tell Demetrius about their leaving just to cause trouble and get back at Hermia. I can tell that people's emotions usually control how they act because in scene 2 of act 1 it exactly states " I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight. Then to the wood will he tomorrow night Pursue her" (Act I.ii.247-249). Also " But herein mean I to enrich my pain, To have his sight thither and back again" (Act I,ii,250-251) The quotes that I have listed express how people's emotions usually control how they act. I know this because Helena tried getting revenge on Hermia and Demetrius. She had planned on telling Demetrius that she was leaving the city of Athens. This shows that because Demetrius did not believe that she was as cute as everyone in Athens sought her to be, she became emotionally disturbed. Helena was not at all okay with her crush Demetrius not being in love with her. Which in fact caused her to act very desperate. In this case Helena had a desire and her desire was Demetrius and because he doesn't see her to be this adorable female that everyone else sees this was causing her to meet and take extreme measures to become noticed. Correctly inferring that people's emotions usually control how they act. Helena being the daughter of Zeus I feel like she would demand a plentiful amount of attention and attention isn't at all what Demetrius gave her. So, because of that I feel like Helena would take extreme measures to gain his attention.
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Strong emotions can change the type of people we are

Throughout Act I of Midsummer Night's Dream, Helena exemplifies the often disputed idea that strong emotions can change the type of person we may seem to be. For example, in Act I Helena is so focused on Demetrius loving her that she doesn't mind the affects or consequences that she may suffer. In scene II Helena reveals that she will tell Demetrius about her leaving just to cause trouble and get back at Hermia. This shows that because Helena has such love for Demetrius that she will do anything to make sure no one gets him if she herself can not do so. I recognized this quote in Act I Scene II when it exactly stated "I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight. Then to the wood will he tomorrow night Pursue her."(Act I.ii.247-249). "But herein mean I to enrich my pain, To have his slight thither and back again"(Act I.ii.250-251). These quotes show that Helena's love for Demetrius will cause her to do extreme things to make sure only she can love and be loved by him. It also shows that Helena does not in fact care that in the process of creating chaos with Demetrius' lovers that she can get hurt maybe not physically but most definitely mentally. I say mentally because she can get her heart broken. From the two quotes listed above I can tell that Helena exaggeratingly wants love, and attention from Demetrius and because she can not have what her heart desires I feel as if she will do anything to have such love from Demetrius even if she has to do irrational things to achieve that.
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Connecting to Helena

Although, Helena is in fact a mythical character, and in fact a female I find connecting to her is extremely easy. Helena's passion to gain attention from the opposite sex is very relatable. I in fact have never taken it as far as she has but I have in fact tried to catch someone's attention before. Follow me down and I will tell you more.

Once a while ago when I was in the seventh grade I liked this girl named Tia but she had already been talking to someone named Josh and it took a lot for me to even come out and say what I said to her. So I knew that letting her go wouldn't be that easy for me so to cause corruption within her and Josh's relationship I told Tia that Josh had been talking to another girl for almost a month now. I did this to cause Tia mad and confront Josh about it and because Josh really wasn't talking to anyone else he denied it and because I had already convinced Tia that I wasn't lying she felt that what Josh was telling her was a lie. Creating Tia to stop talking to Josh and rewarding me the opportunity to talk to Tia.

Also, although Helena is significantly beautiful but to the person she likes she is not, this is quite relatable because to the girl that I like I am not as beautiful and the people I know see me to be.

Helena is quite aggressive when it comes to seeking her lovers attention but I in fact am not so when it comes to Helena's drive and determination towards seeking her lovers attention I can not relate as much as I can towards her other traits such as her ability to change peoples thoughts of the way the people around her are viewed.