Compare And Contrast Helena And Hermia In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Friendships can occur between two very different people. For example, one friend may be confident while the other is shy and afraid to stick up for her beliefs. However, no matter how different they are, they still complement each other, and that is why they stay friends. Helena and Hermia are the epitome of FOILs in A Midsummer Night's Dream, they are two different people that managed to stay friends. Hermia is confident and sticks up for what she believes in, whereas Helena is insecure and believes that no one will ever love her. However, they are both similar in the fact that they would do anything for their love.
Friendships can occur between two very different people. For example, one friend may be confident while the other is shy and
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Both characters are blinded by their love, and forgive any faults that the object of their affections commit. Throughout the play, Demetrius continues to barrage Helena with insults and yet she continues to love him and commit acts that she thinks will make him love her. “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. Use me but as your spaniel—spurn me, strike me,” (2.1.186-190) Helena encourages his ill treatment of her because she would rather he mistreat her than not be with him at all. Moreover, she continues to love him even though he used her and then abandoned her to pursue Hermia. Instead of scorning him she blames herself for her imperfections and wishes she could be as beautiful as Hermia even though she is thought to be one of the most beautiful girls in the land. Likewise, even though Hermia is more confident than Helena, she has her faults and is blind to the mistakes that Lysander makes. For example, while under the spell Lysander insults Hermia many times. He even says “Thy love? Out, tawny Tartar, out! Out, loathèd medicine! O hated potion, hence,” (3.2.269-270) and instead of getting mad at Lysander she turns to Helena and blames her for his unusual behavior. Hermia continues to love him even after his readiness to fight a duel for Helena’s hand. In fact, instead …show more content…
Both characters are blinded by their love, and forgive any faults that the object of their affections commit. Throughout the play, Demetrius continues to barrage Helena with insults and yet she continues to love him and commit acts that she thinks will make him love her. She also continues to love him even though he left her to pursue Hermia. Instead of scorning him, she instead wishes she could be as beautiful as Hermia even though she is thought to be one of the most beautiful girls in the land. Likewise, even though Hermia is more confident than Helena, she is still blind to the mistakes that Lysander makes. For example, while under the spell Lysander insults Hermia many times. He even says “Thy love? Out, tawny Tartar, out! Out, loathèd medicine! O hated potion, hence,” (3.2.269-270) and instead of getting mad at Lysander she turns to Helena and blames her instead. Lysander and Demetrius are even prepared to fight a duel for Helena’s hand, but as they all go to sleep at the end of the scene the last thought on Helena’s mind is for Lysander’s safety. “Heavens shield Lysander if they mean a fray!”

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