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William Shakespeare intensifies the emotion of love and foolishness in the epic tale of four lovers and an enchanted forest in his classic Midsummer Nights Dream Early in this work we learn of two young maidens Hermia and Helena and their unfulfilled passions Hermia the daughter of a gentleman is cast into the burden of marrying a suitor Demetrius chosen by her father for which she does not love Instead she has fallen for Lysander To agitate further Helena is madly in love with Demetrius who treats her as if she does not exist As a result Helenas emotions can be shared by everybody infatuation betrayal jealousy and spite Therefore it is Helenas character that answers to comedy as a tortured soul among lovers in fairyland Everywhere in the play Helena plays the victim of Demetrius apathy We find pity for poor Helena when she finally catches up to Demetrius in the forest and says Ill follow thee and make a heaven of hell to die upon the hand I love so well 336 In desperation Helena cries we cannot fight for love as men may do we should be wood and were not made to woo 336 So unrequited is her love that she begs him Stay though thou kill me sweet Demetrius 340 Helenas jealousy of her friend Hermia emerges from her soliloquy Happy is Hermia wheresoeer she lies for she hath blessed and attractive eyes 340 When she finally receives the attention and affection from Demetrius she becomes mortified at the thought that Hermia and Demetrius have plotted to humiliate her even further by mocking her Helena vehemently protests O spite O hell I see you all are bent to set against me for your merriment 345 When she finally encounters Demetrius and Hermia she questions the decency of their motives Have not set Demetrius who even
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