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What is an important quote said by Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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Posted April 20, 2013 at 1:56 PM via web

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What is an important quote said by Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 27, 2013 at 10:01 PM (Answer #1)

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One of the most important quotes from Helena is when she compares herself to Hermia.

Helena is the daughter of Egeus, who is in love with Lysander though her father wants her to marry Demetrius.  Helena loves Demetrius though, and knows that Hermia does not.  Although Hermia and Helena are friends, they are suspicious of each other when they become rivals.

Helena notes that Hermia is not prettier than she is.

Through Athens I am thought as fair as she.

But what of that? Demetrius thinks not so;

He will not know what all but he do know.

And as he errs, doting on Hermia's eyes,(235)

So I, admiring of his qualities. (Act 1, Scene 1, p. 14)

I chose this quote because it reflects Helena’s confusion and angst.  She is devastated that Demetrius went from her to Hermia.  She does not understand why.  She blames Hermia, but she also blames Demetrius.  She is fully caught up in him, and this is all she cares about for most of the play.

Helena is emotional and feisty.  She stands her own, and she continues to pursue Demetrius despite his professed love of Hermia.  She even tells him that Hermia is running off with Lysander.  Although this is a spiteful move, it is also an act of desperation.

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