Midsummer Night’s Dream: Characterization

In the play “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” written by William Shakespeare the character that I’m analyzing is Helena who is, in my opinion, a naive and insecure character in this play. Her understanding of love is naive and the way she pursues her Demetrius is stubborn. Since she fell in love with Demetrius in the first place but later on, Demetrius met Hermia who despise him then he desperately courts her even though Hermia was already in a relationship with Lysander. [“I frown upon him, yet he loves me still.” (Line 194) “The more I hate, the more he follows me. (Line 194)”]. However, no matter how hard Helena craves for Demetrius’s love, he wouldn’t turn around. Therefore, she was foaled by love and decided to betray her best friend — Hermia for a man after Hermia told her plan with Lysander about the escape plan. She believed that if she chooses to tell Demetrius about it, he would be grateful to her and thus she would get his love back. She is also a very insecure girl in front of Hermia because she thinks Demetrius was attracted by Hermia’s appearance, [“Call you me “fair” That “fair again unsay. Demetrius loves your fair. O happy fair! … Were the world mine, Demetrius being bated, the rest I’d give to be to you translated. (Line 181-192)] she is jealous of Hermia, and envious about how Hermia possess Demetrius’s love.

 


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