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Hermia Lysander Helena and Demetrius represent young love in Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream They are potrayed as foolish and fickle acting like children and requiring a parental figure to guide them The parental figures are Hermias father Egeus and figuratively Theseus the mortal ruler and Oberon the mystical ruler Demetrius is a fool because he is unaware that his love changes through out the play We learn from Demetrius that he has loved Helena before bestowing his affections on Hermia 11 106-107 242-243 It is not for nothing that he is termed spotted and inconstant man 11 110 Athough at the start of the play Demetrius no longer loves Helena 21 195 Demetrius says I love thee not therefore pursue me not 21 201 Hence get thee gone and follow me no more In Act 3 Scene 2 Demetrius after being juiced begins to love Helena 32 172-176 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 not to helen is it home returned there to reamain This proves how fickle he is for he is not aware of his changing love once for Helena then for Hermia then returning to Helena with the help of the mystical father Oberon Helena is a fool because Demetrius does not love her but still persists in chasing him Demetrius shows no love for Helena to the point of wishing her harm21 234-235 Demetrius says Ill run from thee and hide me in the brakes And leave thee to the mercy of wild beasts 21 206-208 Do I entice you Do I speak you fair or rather do I
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