Although A Midsummer night's dream by William Shakespeare does not revolve around Helena, her characteristics speak to the play’s theme of exploring love’s mysteries. Throughout the story, Helena is obsessively in love with Demetrius even though he is going to marry Hermia. She repeatedly tries to win Demetrius over, but he constantly pushes her away. Helena’s unreciprocated love for Demetrius has made her vulnerable, but she is persistent and does not give up - although it is not always sensible.
Helena facing consistent rejection from Demetrius has drained her confidence. She is willing to do anything to have Demetrius. She has completely exposed herself waiting for Demetrius to want her: “Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave,/ Unworthy
23 April 2015
“Contrasting Helena and Hermia”
In Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” there are two very interesting female characters. Hermia is beautiful, and is able to easily get men’s attention, even if she is not trying. Hermia is also very confident and wants everything to go her way. She loves Lysander and no one is going to keep them from being together. Helena, on the other hand, has to work hard for anyone to notice her. She is easily made…
real life. The aspect of this competition provides parallels between two characters, entailing drama, humor, and interesting themes to the story. A perfect example of this element is within William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The two main women of the story, Hermia and Helena, compete over boys in the story, and that, as well as their different personalities makes the story quite interesting. The relationships between the two women changes constantly, as they are competing over boys…
famous playwright, William Shakespeare. In both Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare exhibits how love can control a person. To understand how love controls a person, one must understand that human nature is the sum of qualities and traits shared by all humans. All humans have exhibit love in one way or another, which explains how human nature relates to the controlling aspect of love. In Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, conflicts between loyalty to family and friends, lack of trustworthiness…
Romeo and Juliet Compared To A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Two of William Shakespeare's most well known plays are Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Romeo and Juliet are the two main characters in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a tragedy written in 1595. It is about these two young people, who are supposedly”star crossed lovers” who fall in love and within days of meeting each other they die. In Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio, part of Romeo’s family, and Tybalt, part of Juliet’s family…
Irony in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ana Victoria Martinez
English 103, Section 1
Mrs. Elizabeth Rose
April 13, 2010
Word Count: 745
Thesis: The irony in this work presents humorous words or situations to develop the play into a comedy.
I. Verbal irony makes some of the characters’ words humorous.
A. Sarcasm occurs in the story to mockingly praise Bottom’s play.
B. Another form of verbal irony in the play is malapropism.
II. Situational irony humorously mocks the…
various conflicts; therefore, if the story lacks conflicts, it will be insipid and difficult for readers to follow. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was written by William Shakespeare, includes lots of conflicts, but there are three conflicts that…
Midsummer Night's Dream essay
Throughout the play A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare uses both fate and free will to present his philosophy towards the nature of love. The characters struggle through confusion and conflicts to be with the one they love. Although the course of their love did not go well, love ultimately triumphs over all at the end of the play. The chaos reaches a climax causing great disruption among the lovers. However, the turmoil is eventually resolved by Puck…
September 6, 2012
Interpretations of Love in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
In Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, characters such as Lysander, Helena and Oberon must grapple with their own interpretations of love. Using form and function harmoniously Shakespeare gives the reader great insight into each character. This is accomplished through an elaborate love square between Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius and Helena. Fairies and Cupid are used to change the dynamic of this love…
Love at First Sight:
R&J + Midsummer Night’s Dream
The theme “Love at First Sight” was portrayed in both Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night’s Dream, which were both written by Shakespeare. In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo meets Juliet for the first time and immediately falls in love with her, and fortunately, so Juliet also falls in love with Romeo. In Midsummer Night’s Dream, the love is more “artificial” when a fairy named Oberon sends Puck (who…
Love in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Sonnets
Gordon Leighton, English 224
In Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we see love that can change in the blink of an eye, infatuation with one person turning to obsession with another at a moment’s notice. This type of love is driven by pride and selfishness, and consequently changes quickly and easily. Another type of love can be observed in many of Shakespeare’s sonnets; he writes that his love will…