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A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare
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Character description of the characters in the A Midsummer Night's Dream. Descriptions of the people like Helena, Hermia, and all the fairies, mechanicals, etc.

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When doing a character analysis, pay attention to the methods of characterization, both direct and indirect, employed by the author in the development of the characters.  For a character like Helena, her dialogue and interactions with other characters reveal much about her character.  At the beginning of the play, Helena appears to be a less than confident character; she is madly in love with Demetrius, but he only has feelings for Hermia.  Helena does not understand this because on a previous occasions, the two have made love.  Helena internalizes this rejection.  Things change drastically over the course of the play with the magic potion and the lovers' folly, and in the end, Helena holds the affection of Demetrius.

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