Using the Feminist critical perspective, compare and contrast the characters of Hermia and Helena.

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Helena and Hermia are two very different women, although they do have some similarities.  Hermia and Helena both are deeply in love and both are determined to be with the men they love; therefore, they both are strong, opinionated, determined women.  They both aren't afraid to go after what they want, as well.  Helena seems to be the weaker of the two, which is reflected in her actions, as when she follows Demetrius as he is searching for Hermia and Lysander. Helena follows him around like a puppy (which is ironic because she tells him to treat her as he would treat his dog), and for all practical purposes, beggin him to love her, although he is quite mean to her and says some hateful things to her as she is following him.  Hermia, on the other hand, defies Theseus' direct orders to either marry Demetrius or face death or face going to a nunnery and she runs off with Lysander, brazenly risking her life. 

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