What causes Helena to become angry with Hermia in Act III?Why does Helena refuse to believe her friend and her would-be lovers?

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Stephanie Gregg | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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The humor of this play lies in its confusion.  Hermia loves Lysander, who is accidentally enchanted to love Helena.  Hermia enters in this act with Demetrius, who is also enchanted to love Helena.  The two men begin to fight over Helena, who can not believe that either of them would love her.  She becomes angry and assumes that Hermia has given the men the idea to play a cruel joke on her.  Helena believes that all the others are only mocking her.  Their physical insecurities cause each girl to misunderstand the other's intentions, leading to comic chaos.