Love Sucks (For the Most Part)

Helena's Mix Tape

THEME: LOVE IS CONFUSING AND HURTFUL

Throughout the play, A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, the play tells its feelings about how love is very confusing and can be hurtful at some times. Helena feels that when you don't have love, you can be hurt and when you do, it can be very sore and not be nice as you thought it would be. Helena feels this way throughout the play and has to face and overcome these challenges as she gains and loses lovers and lose people she loves.
Nick Jonas - "Jealous" (Lyrics)

TRACK ONE: JEALOUS BY NICK JONAS

Helena would listen to this at the beginning of the story when she is jealous of Hermia because Dimitrius loves Hermia instead of loving her. She is jealous of Hermia despite them being friends. This song shows that she is feeling pain because of her unrequited love for Dimitrius.
J. Geils Band - Love Stinks

TRACK 2: LOVE STINKS BY J. GEILS BAND

Helena would listen to this because it perfectly fits her situation. There is even a lyric that goes: "she loves him, and he loves somebody else, you just can't win." That one sentence just about summarizes Helena's part in the story. Helena loves Dimitrius but Dimitrius loves somebody else (Hermia). At this point in the story, Helena's pain would start to grow.
Lykke Li - Unrequited Love

TRACK 3: UNREQUITED LOVE BY LYKKE LI

Helena would listen to this right after Hermia and Lysander run away. She would be thinking about how lucky Hermia is to have multiple people loving her and to love one of them back. Helena would be sad that nobody loves her. This goes with the theme because she is still feeling the pain of love inside her.
Chasing You // Jenn Johnson & Bethel Music // Tides Official Lyric Video

TRACK 4: CHASING YOU BY JENN JOHNSON AND BETHEL MUSIC

Helena would listen to this while she is chasing Dimitrius through the forest. Dimitrius hates Helena, but she does not stop. She keeps on going, chasing him. This song would provide inspiration to Helena and tell her to keep on chasing him. This relates to the theme because Helena is hated by Dimitrius and is feeling emotional pain in her heart, but she still keeps on going, relentlessly.
Green Day - Platypus (I Hate You) (Clean Version)

TRACK 5: PLATYPUS (I HATE YOU) BY GREEN DAY

This song shows the hate Helena is receiving from Dimitrius while she is chasing him. Dimitrius repeatedly expresses his feelings about Helena and how he wants nothing to do with her. Dimitrius is the main source of Helena's pain and confusion throughout the story. Helena feels the most pain while she is chasing him. Having Dimitrius say these mean things to her makes her pain grow. This song definitely contributes to the theme because it is all about the hate she is receiving.
Syleena Johnson - So Confused

TRACK 6: SO CONFUSED BY SYLEENA JOHNSON

Helena would listen to this when Dimitrius and Lysander say they love her even though, a day ago, they did not, especially Dimitrius. She is very confused because receiving hate turned to receiving love so quickly. These sudden change of events confuse Helena and make her think Dimitrius and Lysander are playing tricks on her. This song explains how much pain Helena is feeling and talks about her confusion.
Adele - Someone Like You

TRACK 7: SOMEONE LIKE YOU BY ADELE

This song relates to Helena when she gives up on trying to have Dimitrius love her. She is sick of what she thinks is a trick that Dimitrius is playing on her. She decides to go back to Athens. She is so mistaken. Dimitrius really does love her. The pain and confusion is too much for her that she just has to stop and give up.
"Ready To Love Again" by Lady Antebellum

READY TO LOVE AGAIN BY LADY ANTEBELLUM

"Just when we think that love will never find you, you runaway but still it's right behind you."


This song perfectly explains the next part in the story. It is when Helena thinks that she will give up and runaway on love. But really, the truth is, you just can't do that. Love pulled her back into its grasp, head over heels, and Helena was compelled to try again. This decision turned out well because Helena finally is loved by Dimitrius. The pain and confusion are still there but are diminishing quickly.

OOH CHILD ✰ The Five Stairsteps ✰ Guardians of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol.1 Soundtrack

TRACK 9: OOH CHILD BY THE FIVE STAIRSTEPS

Helena would listen to this when she is starting to believe that maybe Dimitrius does love her. This is after Puck makes Lysander love Hermia again. I think when Lysander stops liking Helena, Helena realizes, "Hey, maybe this is not fake. Dimitrius might actually love me." This song shows how maybe everything is not that bad, or at least,the situation is getting better. The pain inside her continues to melt away, and she feels better after knowing someone loves her.
Pharrell Williams - Happy (Official Music Video)

TRACK 10: HAPPY BY PHARRELL WILLIAMS

Helena would listen to this after she and Dimitrius get married. The confusion, pain, jealously, unrequited love, and all the other bad things have been washed away. She has gotten married to the man of her dreams. Her marriage is the happiest day of her life. I think this song definitely reflects the way she feels.