Demetrius’ plight at the beginning of the scene is interesting. Write a paragraph discussing which is worse: to like someone who doesn’t feel the same way about you, or to be chased by someone you aren’t at all interested in.
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It is worse to like someone who doesn't feel the same way about you than it is to be chased by someone in whom you are not at all interested. Unrequited feelings can cause intense pain that renews each time you see the person until you are able to get over the infatuation. Liking someone who doesn't return the feeling also causes you to question yourself and your personal qualities. You spend time asking yourself what is wrong with you and what could you change to try to win the other person's love. On the other hand, while it might be unpleasant to be chased by someone you don't want to have a romantic relationship with, the pain that occurs is outside of you and is the other person's with which to deal.
It is quite natural and common to like someone without the need for having your feeling reciprocated. For example, we like many public figures like actors, business leaders, and politicians. We enjoy watching them on TV, reading about them, and talking about them. Leaving out some exceptions, we do not expect them to feel the same way. There is a joy in the mere act of liking someone. It is not necessary to have your liking reciprocated to experience this joy.
The disappointment or sadness of someone not liking you is not linked to your likeng that person, but to your desire do win his or her liking. This desire for being liked by others can and frequently does exist independent of your liking for others.
In summary, this means that liking someone can only create joy. Any disappointment felt because liking not being reciprocated is due to other factors.
In contract to this, if you are chased by a person you are not interested in is likely to be embarrassing and even unpleasant.
So, I feel it is batter to have your feeling of liking remain unreciprocated rather than being chased by a person you are not interested in.
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