Desperate Helena

A Midsummer's Night Dream

Peoples emotions usually control how they act

Helena is in love with Demetrius and she would do anything to get his attention. Her powerful emotions make her take action in which she wins very little. But she does not care because a simple thing from Demetrius is something very big for her. That's why Helena portrays the prompt of "peoples emotions usually control how they act." At the end of act 1 the two lovers, Hermia and Lysander, tell Helena, Hermia's best friend, that they are going to run away so that they can be together. Right away she comes up with the idea that she should tell Demetrius. " I will go tell of fair Hermia's flight. Then to the wood will he tomorrow night Pursue her. And for his intelligence If i have thanks, it is a dear expense. But herein mean i to enrich my pain" (I.i.246-250). This quote proves the prompt because she doesn't care who she hurts or if she gets hurt as long as Demetrius notices her shes happy. Since shes in love with Demetrius a simple thanks for telling him that her future wife is running away with Lysander satisfies her. Although Helena has equal position as Hermia in Athens Helena isn't satisfied she seeks attention so that shefeels important. She wants Demetrius to notice her for once in his life.

There is magic in the world

At the end of act three puck has put the love juice into Lysander eyes thinking it was Demetrius. As he comes back to tell Oberon that his job is done he realizes that he put the love juice in the wrong person, so now Oberon has to make things right since his servant messed things up. He puts the love juice into Demetrius's eyes, and as soon as he wakes he falls in love with Helena. "O Helena, goddess, nymph, perfect, divine! To what my love, shall I compare thine eyne? Crystal is muddy. " (III.ii.139-141). Demetrius now sees her as a flawless woman and said a lot of poetic things to her. He treated her poorly, he would even kick her but thanks to the love juice he now loves her with a passion. This proves that magic in the world does exist. Demetrius is very rude and childish at times but deep down hes a good guy.

Love is the most powerful emotion we feel

At the beginning of act one Helena is deeply in love with Demetrius. But Demetrius doesn't correspond to that love because he is in love with Hermia. Now Helena wants to be just like Hermia and is upfront in telling her so. "O, teach me how you look and with what art you sway the motion of Demetrius' heart" (I.i.192-193). Helena's love towards Demetrius is much stronger then her reasoning that she doesn't see how beautiful she really is. She has become blinded by Demetrius love. She has been rejected by Demetrius and yet she's still there trying to get his attention. She doesn't realize that hes not worth it and that she should just move on.

Similarities and Differences

Me and Helena only have one thing in common which is stubbornness. She's so stubborn in getting Demetrius's attention. And I'm stubborn when I know that I am right and I try to prove that. We have a lot of differences though that for sure, like for example she has low self esteem and I don't. She wants to be just like Hermia because she thinks that shes not beautiful enough for Demetrius. Unlike me I know that I am not the most beautiful person in the world but I like who I am and I wouldn't try to become someone else just to please someone.