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Essay on Midsummer Night s Dream by Wil
Gelsix Delgado
EN110-44
7/6/14
Professor Saporito

“A Midsummer Night's Dream: Think with the Heart and not with the Mind” In “Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare; Helena describes the undying love that she feels for Demetrius and can’t understand why he does not reciprocate the same. Helena envies her friend Hermia’s and Lysander’s happiness and wishes that she had the same with Demetrius. Although everyone in Athens believes that she is just as pretty as Hermia; Demetrius does not see the same and it torments her. Helena has tried to open up his eyes to make him see that she is the one he should love but he is completely blinded by Hermia’s beauty. Helena believes that if he loved her once before; she can get him to love her again but she will have to do the extreme in order to get him to “think with the heart and not with the mind”. Helena’s love for Demetrius can be best described as loyal and unrequited. Helena begins her first soliloquy by telling the audience that “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind”. Helena feels that Demetrius’ love for Hermia is superficial and based only what he sees; her beauty. Although, Helena thinks that she is just as beautiful; her insecurities make her feel jealous of Hermia, even though Hermia wants nothing to do with Demetrius. Demetrius does not even acknowledge Helena but she refuses to give up on him regardless of how he treats her. She will do anything to make him realize that she deserves to have his love. Helena’s love for Demetrius gives her the impulse to behave in an immature manner when out of spite and desperation she tells Demetrius that Hermia and Lysander are going to run away to get married in order to get him to despise them both. Helena believes that her act on love will get Demetrius to see that she has been worthy of him all along and her honesty will be enough for him to fall in love with her once again. The qualities and

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