A Midsummer Night’s Dream: By William Shakespeare
Helena’s Monologue [Act 1.sc.1]
Helena in this monologue finds herself dwelling in her own grief do to unrequited love. She reflects in the question; how come others can be so happy and get what they want, when I just as worthy can get nothing…There must be something wrong with me or love itself. Helena talks about how Hermia has stolen Demetrius’s heart with her look (which are said to be no better than Helena’s). According to Helena’s recollection of the matter, “Through Athens I am thought as fair as she. But what of that? Demetrius thinks not so”, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1.1.233-34). Helens finds in A Midsummer Night’s Dream love to be foolish and unstable and lacks fairness because cupid is blind and knows not what loves selection might be so love might get around and to the wrong people (cough cough Hermia). And often like a little boy travels his love from one to another like a game. “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind:
Nor hath Love's mind of any judgement taste;
Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste:
And therefore is Love said to be a child,
Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.
As waggish boys in game themselves forswear,
So the boy Love is perjured every where;” (1.1 240-47)
There was a time when Demetrius so loved Helena and claimed to be only hers, and he changed his mind and feeling once he saw Hermia. “For ere Demetrius look'd on Hermia's eyne, He hail'd down oaths that he was only mine; And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt, So he dissolved, and showers of oaths did melt.” A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1.1 248-51) Helens decides as a way to have reason to communicate with the man she fawns over that she will tell Demetrius that his “fair” Helena is leaving him with Lysander and then she will have earned his thanks and he will see her as the faithful right companion. “I will go...
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