Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

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The strongest emotion humans can exchange is the feeling of affection and love. In Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare the characters of the play will do anything for love. It does not matter whether love is one sided, like as the case of Helena, or forbidden by your lovers father as Lysander , taking risks and fighting for love, as Hermia did is how true love is shown. Even though love takes them on difficult paths in the end they find their ways to happiness. In this play, love causes Helena to become a fool, her unbreakable love for Demetrius leaves her in misery and against her best friend, Hermia, Helena’s worst traits are also exposed as she reveals herself to be selfish and rude. Her blinded eyes could not see the terrible things Demetrius did to her as she still followed him as she says, “I am your spaniel. And Demetrius, the more you beat me, I will fawn on you.”(2.1.188-189) Although Demetrius will never see Helena’s’ true beauty and her exasperated love for him as he says to her, “Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit, for I am sick when I do look on thee.”(2.1.196-197) Helena’s heart tells her to stand by him and never let him go. But when she becomes jealous towards Hermia, she turns her back on her while telling Demetrius that Hermia and Lysander have run away. To be with Demtrius, Helena will do anything, and even to reveal her dark and egocentric side. On the other hand, Lysander is hopelessly romantic, his charming looks and sensitive heart
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