Helena's Unconditional Love

A Character Analysis in a Shakespeare Play

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People's emotions usually control how they act.

Throughout every Act involving Helena she shows a giant amount of love for Demetrious and that love drives her to do all the crazy and risky ideas she has. In the text it states, "I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight. Then to the wood will tomorrow night Pursue her. And for this intelligence If I have thanks, it is a dear expense. But herein mean I to enrich my pain, To have his sight thither and back again" (I.i.246-252). Helena was so desperate for an ounce of his attention even though she knew it would be negative and cause a lot of trouble, but she told Demetrious anyway that Hermia had a plan to run away and dissapear with Lysander. Unfortunately, no matter what she does Demetrious will never give her the time of day. Helena is also a easy lover and obsessive person and he knows that. So when those emotions mix together and Demetrious shuts her out, she does anything she can to get him back again.

Love is the most powerful emotion we feel.

In each Act Helena had made it obvious she was incredibly affected by the non-existent love from Demetrious. She would hope that one day he would love her like he loves Hermia. Helena knows she is as beautiful as Hermia, but the only person that doesn't see that is Demetrious. The text states, "Through Athens I am as fair as she. But what of that? Demetrious 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" (I.i.227-234). Helena's love for Demetrious over powers any other emotion she has, and she has made that obvious. No matter how cruel he treats her she always goes back to him in hope that he will one day notice her. She also admits that she is blinded to his terrible qualities and can only see the good in him.

People Don't Understand Love

Every Act involving Helena and Demetrious, Helena shows she has fell for Demetrious extremely hard. She is always describing how in love she is with him, but she is also always trying to change herself to make him love her back. The text states, "O, teach me how you look and with what art You sway the motion of Demetrious' heart" (I.i.192-193). Helena is asking Hermia to teach her the tricks she used to make Demetrious fall in love with her. Helena does not understand he should love her for who she is, not someone she is trying to be.

Simialrities & Differences

I believe me and Helena have one major similarity, we both do not understand why we will love someone when they treat us like we are nothing. No matter what Demetrious does to her she will always love him and go back to him. I am the same way, there is one person no matter what I will always love and have that special place in my heart for. I think for both of us that is a weakness but also a strength. Showing we can love someone with all our heart, but always have the chance of ending up heart broken.