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In Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream the mortal teenage characters fall in love foolishly and the character Bottom states O what fools these mortals be They are foolish because they act like children Although Lysander Hermia Demetrius and Helena appear grown-up when they are in love they act foolishly The four teenage lovers are fools Demetrius is a fool because he is unaware that his love changes through out the play At the start of the play Demetrius does not love Helena II iiline 188 Demetrius says I love thee not therefore pursue me not II iiline 194 Hence get thee gone and follow me no more In III ii Demetrius after being juiced begins to love Helena III iiline 169-173 Demetrius says Lysander keep thy Hermia I will none If eer I loved her all that love is gone My heart to her but as guest- wise sojourned And now to Helen is it home returned There to remain This proves he is a fool because he is not aware of his changing love for Helena Helena is a fool because Demetrius does not love her but she still persists in chasing him Demetrius shows no love for Helena II iline 227-228 Demetrius says Ill run from thee and hide me in the brakes And leave thee to the mercy of wild beasts II iline 199-201 Do I entice you Do I speak you fair Or rather do I not in plainest truth Tell you I do not nor I cannot love you Demetrius clearly illustrates to Helena that he has no interest but Helena persists II iline 202-204 Helena says And even for that do I love you the more I am your spaniel and Demetrius The more you beat me I will fawn on you II iline 220-222 Your virtue is my privilege For that It is not night when I do see your face Therefore I think I am not in
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