Helena's Unconditional Love
A Character Analysis in a Shakespeare Play
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.