Helena's Endless Love
By: Kristen Ames
People's Emotions Usually Control How they Act.
Helena's actions clearly support that people's emotions usually control how they act. Her actions prove this true because she is overwhelmingly in love with Demetrius that it makes her do ridiculous things. In the first Act she says, "I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight. Then to the woods will he tomorrow night pursue her" (I.i. 246-248). Helena is supposed to be best friends with Hermia but her love for Demetrius is so strong that she kicks her "best friend" to the curb. Her emotions are controlling how she is treating her friends. I believe that she doesn't even notice how cruel she is being to Hermia by tell Demetrius her plans. I discovered that when Helena falls in love she falls hard. So hard that her love almost blinds her to her actions, good or bad. She loves without control and will do anything for the one she loves.
Strong Emotions Can Change the Kind of People We are.
Helena supports the statement, strong emotions can change the kind of people we are because she was "best friends" with Hermia but turned her back against her. In Act One she says, "I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight. Then to the woods will he tomorrow night pursue her" (I.i. 246-248). This quote further explains how Helena changed who she was because she was suppose to be "best friends" with Hermia but had no problem ruining her chance to be with her one true love. Best friends are suppose to support each other and want them to be happy while Helena did the complete opposite. I discovered that Helena's strong love for Demetrius makes her very selfish. When it comes down to her friendship or relationship with Demetrius she will betray her friend as if its no big deal.
People Don't Understand Love.
Helena supports the stance that people don't understand love because she is confused on why she loves Demetrius. In Act one Helena 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" (I.i. 227-231). This quote is basically stating that Helena has no reason to love Demetrius. She clearly doesn't understand love because if she did, she'd know why she loves him as much as she does. She's able to love him past all of his faults and he doesn't even care for her back. He treats her with such disrespect and yet she still loves him without understanding why. The concept of loving him is very confusing to her. I learned that when Helena falls in love she falls in love hard and will love that person unconditionally.
Helena and I.
Helena and I have some similarities because we both love very hard. She has no reason to love Demetrius, he is cruel to her and shows her no respect. I have been in the same place as she was and loved somebody for no reason at all. I was able to see past all of the faults he had because I simply loved him as a human-being. I was getting treated awful but yet I couldn't help myself from loving him just has Helena did in this play. Although we do have some differences such as, I would never turn my back against my best friend for a guy. At the end of the day my best friend is going to be here for me longer than any guy will. Helena put her happiness before her "best friend's" which I couldn't see myself doing because I always want the people I care about to be happy before me. I actually agree with all of the chosen prompts. I think the way Helena proved them was a bit extreme but accurate. Those could very well be real life experiences.