Love is inconstant and even
likened to war because it can cause jealousy between each other, it turns us
into selfish people and it can overpower one’s mind. All these statements can lead
a person to act violently as shown in Shakespeare’s book, AMNSD.
in love can cause jealousy which can lead to the likeliness of war between one
another. In the book, Helena is extremely
jealous of Hermia because she loves Demetrius but Demetrius loves Hermia. In
Act 1, Helena tell the reader that she’s jealous of Hermia because Demetrius is
in love with her friend instead. However, Hermia has eyes only for Lysander.
Still, Helena wants to know what special about Hermia and what Hermia as that
she doesn’t have: “Helena: O teach me how
you look, and with what art You sway the motion of Demetrius’ heart.” (Act
1, Scene 1, Page 8). Hermia respond is that she’s done her best to get rid of
him (because she loves Lysander). Helena wines: “Helena: O that your frowns would teach my smiles such skill! /O that
my prayers could such affection move!” (Act 1, Scene 1, Page 8). When Hermia tells her that it’s not her
fault, Helena says: “Helena: None but
your beauty; would that fault were mine!” (Act 1, Scene 1, Page 8). This caused a lot of tension and conflict
between the 2 characters. However,
in act 3, the tables turn. Once Puck has put the love potion on Demetrius and
Lysander, they both fall in love with Helena. Helena is angry at the both of
them because she thinks they’re making fun of her ways. That’s not how Hermia
sees it. When she sees the three of them together, she’s in shock at first, and
tries to talk to Lysander. When she fails, she turns on Helena and says: “Hermia: O me, you juggler, you
canker-blossom, You thief of love! What, have you come by night and stolen my
love’s heart from him?” Helena tells her that she has nothing to do with
this. By the end of this scene, they both end up fighting and throwing each
other in a mud puddle. This clearly shows that jealousy is truly one way which
can ruin the whole idea true love and even close friendships.
Love is really an obstacle which turns us
into an extremely foolish and ignorant people. In the book, AMNSD, Demetrius is a very ignorant and selfish person in the
beginning. Even though Helena loves him,
his heart is only focused on Hermia. Demetrius puts Helena to shame and tells
her that they could never be together just because he loves
Hermia. In Act 2, scene 1, Helena has followed Demetrius into the woods to try
to win him back. Instead of acting like a gentleman and showing compassion,
Demetrius acts rudely to Helena. He doesn’t want anything to do with Helena. “Demetrius:
I’ll run from thee and hide me in the brakes / And leave thee to the mercy of
wild beasts.” (Act 2, Scene 1). In Act
1, Scene 1 Helena wants to
see Demetrius, even though her hates her. In love, Helena shows complete
foolishness and lack of judgment regarding who she gives her affection to. “Helena: But herein
mean me to enrich my pain, /To have his sight thither and back again. (Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 256-257). Even though
Demetrius does not love Helena, she still keeps one going back to him and convincing
him to love her again. Therefore, this shows us that
The pursuit and
trial of love can be blinding and overpowering to one’s mind which can even
lead a person to violence if anything gets in the way of their love. When Puck puts the love
potion, Lysander is deeply in love with Helena and becomes blind and egoistic towards
Hermia. He tells Hermia with no explanation that he is no longer in love with
her and that his only love is for Helena.
“LYSANDER: Hang off, thou cat, thou burr! Vile
thing, let loose, Or I will shake thee from me like a serpent.
HERMIA: Why are you grown so rude? What change is this, Sweet love?
LYSANDER: Thy love? Out, tawny Tartar, out!
Out, loathèd med’cine! O hated potion, hence!” (Act 3, Scene 2, Lines 270-275)
Once Lysander falls in love with Helena and not
with Hermia, because of Oberon’s love juice, his former love for Hermia turned
to hate rather than apathy. This hate towards Hermia and love for Helena causes
him to act very irrational, resulting in violence. Another example is that,
even though Demetrius does not love Helena, she is still blindly attached to
Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit.
am sick when I do look on thee. HELENA
And I am sick when I look not on you
do impeach your modesty too much,
To leave the city and commit yourself Into
the hands of one that loves you not,
To trust the opportunity of night And
the ill counsel of a desert place
the rich worth of your virginity.” HELENA
Your virtue is my privilege. For that
It is not night when I do see your face. Therefore I think I am not
in the night.
Nor doth this wood lack worlds of company, For
you in my respect are all the world.
Then how can it be said I am alone When
all the world is here to look on me?
(Act 2, Scene 1, Line 196-211)