Helena's Mix Tape
Theme: Love is tricky and it changes
Throughout the play A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, Helena is somewhat pushed off to the side by the other characters, but still has a key part in the play. She loves Demetrius, who doesn't love her back. As the play progresses, things get really messed up when Helena's lover, Lysander, gets wrongly enchanted to love her, thought she doesn't love him back. She thinks he is messing with her. The play continues on to right itself and she gets together with Demetrius. I will explain this more through these songs.
Nick Jonas - "Jealous" (Lyrics)
TRACK 1: JEALOUS BY NICK JONAS
I Chose "Jealous" by Nick Jonas because Helena is jealous of Hermia because Demetrius loves her and she loves Demetrius. She would listen to this near the beginning of the story when Demetrius tries to marry Hermia. Helena even says "That's true it's your beauty's fault. I wish I had a fault like that!" - Helena 1.1.201-202. This is in the middle of a conversation they were having after Demetrius and Lysander were both appealing for rights to marry Hermia. She is obviously jealous of Hermia. Also, it ties in with love is complex and changes because Demetrius used to love her and now loves Hermia and the love between the characters is very complex. That is why I chose this song.
Jessie Ware - Say You Love Me
TRACK 2: SAY YOU LOVE ME BY JESSIE WARE
I chose this song because this reflects Helena's feelings for Demetrius. She wants him to love her like she did before before he deserted her for Hermia. She follows Demetrius into the forest (This is probably when she'd listen to it.) but he doesn't like her and tells her to get lost but she keeps trying to get him to like her without success. This shows she really wants that and so I chose this song. Also, it ties in with the theme because of the same reason as the first one except this time Helena is trying to get Demetrius back, not just whining about it.
Bruno Mars - Locked Out of Heaven (Live Graham Norton Show)
TRACK 3: LOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN BY BRUNO MARS
I chose this one because of Helena's continuous love for Demetrius. She just loves him and loves him and can't change. It makes her feel abandoned, and this was about the closest I could get to abandoned. I think Helena might listen to this song multiple times, once even before the story starts when Demetrius abandons her for Helena. Love sure does make people do crazy things. This proves it is complex.
Digga - Left me Broken
TRACK 4: LEFT ME BROKEN BY DIGGA
I chose this song because I was not entirely sure where to put this as it is something I feel she would listen to throughout the entire play until she gets together with Demetrius at the end. Because I feel that starting when the play starts and probably even before that (like when Demetrius abandoned her) and then again when the two boys both fall in love with her it is just breaking her. Again, this goes with love is tricky and it changes. Yes, it definitely changed and Helena is not liking it.
Marmozets - Why Do You Hate Me? [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
TRACK 5: WHY DO YOU HATE ME? BY MARMOZETS
I chose this song because when Helena is chasing Demetrius into the forest and when both the boys are chasing her (This is when she would listen to it) she keeps thinking things/saying things that are like it or are it. It just reflects how she feels about how things are turning out. She could be singing this to multiple people, like Demetrius or Lysander or the whole universe. Things are pretty bad for her at some points. This song relates to love is tricky and it changes because here it is being tricky and causing all kinds of problems. Robin didn't help. (The flower juice)
Billie Kawende - I Hate You So Much Right Now (Caught out there)
TRACK 6: I HATE YOU SO MUCH RIGHT NOW BY BILLIE KAWENDE
I chose this one because it seems to reflect Helena when she is being chased by both boys and Hermia enters the scene. She even screams it at Hermia and also thinks both boys hate her. I think this would be very appropriate for Helena to listen to then. She might direct this song at anybody at this point, including the whole world, because I think that she thinks the universe is against her. This would fit in with love is tricky and it changes because she wen ton this "journey" chasing Demetrius because she wants him to love her and now he loves her so much and she thinks he is tricking her and hates everybody.
Frank Wilson - Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
TRACK 7: DO I LOVE YOU BY FRANK WILSON
I think this fits in nicely when Helena finally escapes the mix (This is when she would listen to it.) after the boys go off to duel she is just so confused about her feelings towards Demetrius (definitely who she would direst this song towards) and she is just wondering what her feelings for everybody are and is just trying to take everything in but I think this is the main question she has. This ties in love is tricky and it changes because here it is getting really tricky for Helena to decide who she likes and it is changing at this point in the story, rocking back and forth. Does she love him or not?
Broken and Confused Ben Cook
TRACK 8: BROKEN AND CONFUSED BY BEN COOK
I chose this song for the time when Helena is wandering out alone sort of wondering what she loves and everything is changing (especially love) and it is sort of breaking her. I think that she would really just direct this song to herself because that is how she is. She is broken from the sudden change in Demetrius' love for her because she was hurt by him already and now she thinks he's making fun of her. It's a lot to go through.
Mac Miller - Get Up
TRACK 9: GET UP BY MAC MILLER
I think that this song is good for when Helena is broken in the last video she has to pick it up and she does and I feel then she makes the decision that she likes Demetrius (based on the fact that when everyone wakes up they get together) and that she is getting prepared mentally for when she meets them again and I feel if this is what she's telling herself why not have a song tell it to you? This ties in with love is tricky and it changes because it is changed in the way that she has decided she likes Demetrius.
Pharrell Williams - Happy (1AM)
TRACK 10: HAPPY BY PHARRELL WILLIAMS
I chose happy because everyone is happy at the end. Helena gets together with Demetrius, and I think she would dedicate this song to her and Demetrius. This ties in with love is tricky and it changes because all the characters have decided who they love. It has finally changed for the better. She would listen to this at the end.