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A Midsummer Night's Dream By William Shakespeare

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The nature and consequences of infatuation are shown throughout the play. Infatuation is often irrational, causing judgment to be lost and personalities changed.The first hint of infatuation could be seen from Helena's actions towards Demetrius. Helena's actions towards Demetrius in act 1 scene 1 and act 2 scene 1 could be clearly seen by all. In act 1 scene 1, Lysander says that Helena 'devoutly dotes, dotes in idolatry, upon this spotted and inconstant man (Demetrius)' and also Helena who is obviously not thinking clearly even tells Demetrius of Lysander and Hermia's 'stealth' unto the woods, she thinks that she might be able to win back Demetrius' heart by revealing the plans of the elopement of Hernia and Demetrius. While in act 2 scene 1, Helena's relentless and shameless pursuit of Demetrius and not giving up even when Demetrius told her that he does not love her shows that her infatuation with Demetrius is very strong so much so that she even called herself Demetrius' dog- 'I am your spaniel'. We see that her infatuation with Demetrius makes her do and say things that are irrational and unreasonable. In act 3 scene 2, we can also see the consequences of Helena's infatuation with Demetrius. It causes Helena to lose her self-confidence as Demetrius has hurt her and her pride over and again.In act 3 scene 2 the roles are reversed, both Demetrius and Lysander become childish men who were obsessed with attracting Helena's attention, just like Helena tried to woo and win Demetrius' heart at first. Demetrius and Lysander had changed from young men who are determined and clear of what they want to men of no judgment and rationality, ridiculously vying for Helena's attention. The consequences were exaggerated declarations of love, lack of self-control and impulsive outbursts to challenge each other to prove their love for Helena.In act 3 scene 2, only Helena was not involved in the fight for love. Even Hernia was angry with Helena for stealing her love and Demetrius and Lysander fighting for Helena's love. At this point, Helena is not totally affected by infatuation. Helena is affected by the earlier infatuation with Demetrius. Helena's earlier infatuation with Demetrius led to her in having low self confidence as a result of Demetrius rejecting her over and again. This resulted in Helena thinking that Lysander and Demetrius are mocking at her when they say that they love her.On the other hand, Helena is not affected by The infatuation between Lysander and Demetrius towards her as she did not take them seriously. This sets a contrast between those not completely affected by infatuation and different reactions of those affected. Those who are affected are rash and impulsive, Hermia wanted to fight Helena without trying to find out what's actually happening to Lysander and Lysander decided for a fight with Demetrius. Only Helena was begging Hermia to remember her as her childhood friend and let her get out of these chaotic woods and she shall come...

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