Love in humans is a powerful element that makes life meaningful. Love with its’ presence, cause, and effect, has our four main couples in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” trying to make sense of love. In “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” we find four couple: Helena/Demetrius, Tatiana/Oberon, Theseus/Hippolyta, and Lysander/Hermia who find love after trials and errors for love can be irrational in nature.
Things base and vile, holding no quantity.
Love can transpose to form and dignity.
Love looks, not with the eyes, but with the mind.
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
Nor hath Love’s mind of any judgment taste.
Wings, and no eyes, figure unheedy haste.
And therefore is Love said to be a child,
Because in choice he so oft beguiled.
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Helena considers herself beautiful, better, smarter, than Hermia. She argues Demetrius should love her not Hermia. Sadly, but true, love has made him blind. Demetrius should look “…not with the eyes, but with the mind” (1.1.236), to realize he is choosing the wrong person. She should be the one. Helena keeps arguing in lines 244 and 245; “As waggish boys in game themselves forswear / So the boy love is perjured everywhere,” Demetrius in love: lacks good judgment. He is lying to himself, he is not thinking straight, and responsibly. Cupid breaks his promises all the time; likewise, Demetrius too, when he sees Hermia, stops showering Helena with promises and swearing he is hers forever. Helena wishes, Demetrius, would have a better perception of her than Helena and love her instead. In spite, of Helena’s human efforts, to recover Demetrius whom she “…transpose to form and dignity” (1.1.235), Helena, needs help from inexplicable forces to make their magic and win him back.
Tatiana’s love for the transformed ass Bottom depicts love as also erratic. Tatiana’s is applied on her eyelids the magic flower juice by Oberon, to love whoever she sees after waking up from her sleep, he says: “Wake when some vile thing is near” (2.2.34). She sees Ass-Bottom and loves him blindly. She loves someone who is “…vile, holding no