Love Always Works Out
a Timeline of Helena's Emotions
Longing and hope
Anger and frusturation
Hope and Some Confusion
Happy and Amused
The theme of this play is that true love always works out. It happens time and time again in this play, with: Oberon and Titania making up, Lysander and Hermia getting married, and Helena and Demetrius getting married.
How Helena experienced this throughout the play was: At first she loved Demetrius more than anything(as she will for the rest of the play) but Demetrius doesn't love her back, and is pledged to Hermia. Helena will do anything to make him love her back(she even betrays her best friend). But a mystical fairy king(which symbolizes fate) see's how much Helena loves him and tells Robin(another fairy) to give him a love potion so that he realizes that Helena is his true love, not Hermia. Robin gives the wrong person the potion, stuff happens, it seems that all hope for their love is lost but, in the end Theseus see's their love and has them marry each other.
When I said Oberon symbolizes fate I meant that, in Shakespeare's world, Oberon is the force that makes sure thing work out, no matter what choices people make.
This play was meant to be entertaining, much of the things that happen in this play don't mean anything to the theme. What this play really boils down to is this: True love will always find a way, no matter what happens, sometimes through huge strings of inconceivable events, it will work out. That is what I believe Shakespeare was trying to tell us when he wrought this play.