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A Midsummer Night's Dream And Me. The Essay On A Midsummer Night's Dream Is About My Personal Reaction Toward The Theme Of Unrequited Love Between Several Of The Characters.

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After reading Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, I immediately found that I had connection with it. It was much more than the fact that I love Shakespeare's works. It also had a lot to do with the storyline, especially pertaining to Helena's character. Throughout much of the beginning of the play, Helena declares her love for Demetrius. The sad part is that he does not return her love. This sub-plot of the play, which is unrequited love, is something that I can personally relate to. For this reason, I have chosen to write about the correlation between Helena's romantic debacles with Demetrius and my life as well as my writing.When Helena was first introduced into the play, she immediately expressed envy toward Hermia because it was Hermia that Demetrius directed his love and undivided attention to. "Call you me 'fair'? That 'fair' again unsay. Demetrius loves your fair. O happy fair! ...O, teach me how you look and with what art you sway the motion of Demetrius' heart!" (Shakespeare, 19). Here, Helena conveys to Hermia that she wishes she had her beauty because then Demetrius would love her. I have encountered this many times in my adolescence. It's almost normal for teens (and adults, for that matter) to experience unreciprocated love. I strongly believe that everyone goes through some point in his or her life when the person that he or she loves doesn't feel nearly as much in return. It's a common human predicament. In the play, no matter how much love Helena had for Demetrius, he was determined to only love Hermia and no one else. I remember going through this. Though I wasn't quite as vocal as Helena was about her dismay, I could certainly relate to her feelings. There were times, a few years ago, when I felt depressed over the fact that someone I really liked (or may have even loved) didn't remotely feel that way about me. It's a hard situation to deal with, especially when you're young and new to love and relationships in the first place. The horrible feeling that is associated with this situation is only heightened when the object of your affections instead loves someone close to you, just how Demetrius loved Hermia. The sadness is made worse with the addition of jealousy. Helena was so jealous of Hermia's charms that she was willing to betray their friendship in order to win Demetrius' heart. "I will tell him of fair Hermia's flight. Then to the wood will he tomorrow night, pursue her. And for this intelligence if I have thanks, it is a dear expense," (Shakespeare, 23). In this quote, Helena explained how she planned to tell Demetrius about Hermia and Lysander's plans of elopement. She did this in hopes that he would love her in exchange for her information. There were times when I felt as though I would do anything to gain the attention of someone that I liked. Though I never actually betrayed a friend like Helena did, it's something I feel is a typical reaction. Most people would feel naturally resentful toward a friend under such...

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