May 19 2017

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.

Tonight, please read Act I, scene i, of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (pp. 7-23, rectos only!)   Before you read, however, it would probably be a good idea to look at the summary on p. 6.  

Once you have finished the reading, please paraphrase Helena’s soliloquy below.  Then explain what this reveals about Helena and her experience with love?  What can we all learn from this?  Compare and/or contrast this to the  lessons we learned about love in Romeo and Juliet.

As always, don’t forget to comment on at least one other response in this thread.

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind:
Nor hath Love’s mind of any judgement taste;
Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste:
And therefore is Love said to be a child,
Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.
As waggish boys in game themselves forswear,
So the boy Love is perjured every where:
For ere Demetrius look’d on Hermia’s eyne,
He hail’d down oaths that he was only mine;
And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt,
So he dissolved, and showers of oaths did melt.
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Posted May 19, 2017 by equinson in category Midsummer Night's Dream

33 thoughts on “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.

  1. Toa Neil

    Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
    And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind:
    Nor hath Love’s mind of any judgement taste;
    Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste:
    And therefore is Love said to be a child,
    Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.
    As waggish boys in game themselves forswear,
    So the boy Love is perjured every where:
    For ere Demetrius look’d on Hermia’s eyne,
    He hail’d down oaths that he was only mine;
    And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt,
    So he dissolved, and showers of oaths did melt.

    This soliloquy shows us many things about Helena. On thing we learn is that she is head over heels in love with Demetrius and believes it is because of Hermia that he does not love her. She says that love is a blind and immature thing like a child and is everywhere. She also reveals that Demetrius swore oaths to Helena and loved her until Hermia caught his eye. From this soliloquy we learn that Helena is a jealous woman, and Demetrius sees to be, at least in my opinion insincere and disloyal, but I could be wrong, who knows?

    1. christophert3

      I agree with you. Helena, although not at first, love Demetrius as much as he loved her at first. But now that he no longer loves her, she is greatly jealous of her friend and is planning to betray her, doing something that might cost her friend’s life, for attention from the person she loves. And Demetrius is definitely insincere and disloyal, from what we learned when his oaths of love for only one person were quickly broken.

  2. faithw

    When people are in love, they don’t use their eyes, but rather their minds.
    Therefore, when Cupid is painted, he is always shown to be blind:
    Love doesn’t have good judgement
    Cupid has wings, but no sight, therefore he is likely act hastily
    As a result love is said to be a child,
    Because he makes bad choices
    Just like boys who tell lies as a game,
    Cupid repeatedly breaks his promises
    Before Demetrius ever looked at Hermia,
    He swore to me that he was only mine;
    And when he became hot for Hermia,
    His love for me dissolved and his promises were melted down

    Helena is blindly in love with Demetrius. She wants him, even though he dumped her and is pining over her best friend, Hermia. Helena is foolishly willing to wait for Demetrius to return her affections. Helena decides to tell Demetrius of Hermia and Lysander’s plan to elope, in the hopes that Demetrius will come back to her. This reminds me of Romeo and his repeatedly falling head over heels for women such as Rosaline and later Juliet. Helena idolized Demetrius and likely feels there is no one else out there for her.

    Helena’s reaction also reminded me of the lyrics to “Hopelessly Devoted to You” from Grease:
    “Guess mine is not the first heart broken
    My eyes are not the first to cry
    I’m not the first to know there’s
    Just no getting over you
    You know I’m just a fool who’s willing
    To sit around and wait for you
    But baby can’t you see there’s nothing else for me to do
    I’m hopelessly devoted to you
    But now there’s no way to hide
    Since you pushed my love aside
    I’m outta my head hopelessly devoted to you”

    1. faithw

      *The fourth line should read, “Cupid has wings, but no sight, therefore he is likely to act hastily.”

    2. ilyssal

      I like how you included the lyrics to “Hopelessly Devoted To You”, it was a nice touch to your blog!

  3. ilyssal

    Love is not something you can see, it comes from within.
    And that is why Cupid is depicted blind
    Love is said to be a child,
    When decided, judgement is poor.
    For as Demetrius looked into Hermia’s eyes,
    He worshiped me prior.
    And when he fell under her spell
    So he dissolved out of my life, and his promises to me were forgotten.

    After reading and analyzing Helena’s lines in scene one it is evident that she falls in love too easily. It is a blind love in the sense that she is loving someone who does not love her back. He has moved on and she has not. Helena slightly reminds me of Romeo because she has lust and does not yet know the true meaning of love.

  4. francescaa

    Love is not found with the eyes, but rather the mind
    That’s why cupid is painted with no eyes
    Because love is blind it often makes rash decisions
    And therefore love is a child
    Love often charms, leading to swayed decisions
    Even the humorous ones agree
    That Love is often found guilty
    Before he looked into Hermia’s eyes
    He pledged he would be mine
    But now he is under Hermione’s spell
    So his love faded away, and his promises fell apart

    After analyzing Helena’s soliloquy, the reader can see there are similarities between this play and Romeo and Juliet. Although we are only a couple pages into the play, I can see that Romeo and Helena are very similar when it comes to finding love. In the beginning of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo was head over heals in love with Rosaline. When he found out that Rosaline didn’t have the same feelings for him, he entered a period of complete depression. Same with Helena. She was in love with Demetrius, but when he dumped her for Hermia, she became convinced he wasn’t truly in love with her. Whether this is true or not, Helena is trying to make herself feel better by saying that there is no possible way he could actually love Hermia. Although Hermia and Helena are friends, we can see that Helena is jealous, and jealousy is always the root of destroyed friendships.

    1. George

      I totally agree with the Romeo and Juliet comparison. It seems that both this play and Romeo and Juliet are more alike than meets the eye.

  5. christophert3

    After reading Act I of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we learn of Helena’s predicament. In the above soliloquy we understand Helena’s perspective of love some more and learn of how she feels.

    Love is not based on what one sees, but based on how one feels around another person.
    And so, Cupid is painted blind:
    Love is not judgmental;
    Love is often hasty:
    And therefore is Love like a child,
    Because he is so often charmed.
    As playful boys swear to do without,
    so the boy Love is tricked everywhere:
    For before Demetrius looked on Hermia’s eyes,
    he rained down on me oaths that he was only mine;
    And when he saw Hermia,
    He loved her right away, and forgot about me.

    From this, we learn that Demetrius is kind of like Romeo, in the sense that he was sure that he loved one person and dedicated all his efforts for that one person, but quickly changed his mind when one he thought was more beautiful was realized by him. Helena is like Rosaline because just like Rosaline, she was loved greatly by Demetrius but his love was easily changed. But, in this play, she now loves him back and Demetrius’ love for her at first was not that of a patrarchan lover. We learn from her speech that one should not love based on looks, but on the personality of someone and how you feel just being around them.

  6. charlottes

    “Love doesn’t look with eyes, but with the mind
    And therefore when Cupid is portrayed in art, he is always blind
    Love’s judgement is altered
    Cupid’s wings and loss of sight leads to extreme haste
    A direct result is that Love is shown as a child
    Because he makes poor choices
    As childish boys play games made of lies
    So Love, the little boy, is forsworn everywhere
    And before Demetrius looked into Hermia’s eyes,
    He promised me he was mine
    And when his heat was too much for Hermia
    His love for me disappeared and his promises melted”

    This little soliloquy shows a lot about Helena’s character. It shows that she is so deeply in love with Demetrius that she is willing to blame it on her best friend that he doesn’t love her back. She says that the minute Demetrius laid eyes on Hermia, it was all over for her and perhaps she didn’t realize how much she loved him until his love for her had completely disappeared. Throughout the soliloquy, she talks about how Love is like a child and is foolish and hasty, but she is kind of like that as well. Demetrius loved her, and she didn’t appreciate and learn to love him until he had already fallen head over heels in love with her best friend.

    1. avae1

      I also think that Helena was looking for someone to blame for her predicament, whether it be Love or Hermia, her best friend. Perhaps she regretted the fact that she didn’t appreciate what Demetrius was promising, and therefore was full of sorrow because of what she lost.

  7. tarika1

    Love is not about looks, it is about their personality
    And therefore, Cupid is blind
    There is no judging in love
    But there is haste
    And therefore Cupid is said to be a child,
    Because he is so influenced by looks.
    As boys in a game swear,
    And Love is everywhere
    For here Demetrius looked upon Hermia’s eyes,
    He said he was going to be mine
    Then Hermia felt the love too
    And he left, then all his promises were broken.

    From reading this text, readers can see how Helena’s love experience has been a very poor one. She has had her emotions toyed with by Demetrius and Hermia. This reminds me of Romeo before he met Juliet. Romeo fell in love with Rosaline and he was depressed after he found out she didn’t like him. He fell for someone and they did not love him back, and that hurt him. He was depressed until he saw Juliet who he aldo instantly fell in love with. The only major difference was how Romeo was the one falling in love but Helena is just being teased by Demetrius by him not loving her anymore.

    1. francescaa

      I think that Helena actually thinks Demetrius and Hermia are “lovers” just to get her annoyed, which is so not true because Hermia has expressed to Helena that she doesn’t like Demetrius in any way.

  8. sofiad1

    Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
    And therefore Cupid is blind,
    And has your mind a terrible taste;
    No way to see but a way to fly give unneeded haste:
    Making love that of a child,
    Because in choice Cupid is so oft beguiled.
    As waggish boys swear,
    So the boy Love is perjured everywhere:
    For when Demetrius looked on Hermia’s eye,
    He said that he was the only mine;
    And when he began to care for Hermia’s love,
    So he dissolved, and showers of oaths did melt.

    This speech shows that Heena did not have a good experience with love. She has fallen in love with Demetrius after he promised him her heart. Now, he has gone back on his word, and no longer loves Helena, after she has fallen in love with her. This devastated Helena becasue she feels she is in true love, and the true ove she has is to be married to her best friend.

  9. avae1

    Love is not found with the eyes but with the mind,
    And therefore Cupid is always depicted blind.
    Love does not have any judgment.
    He has wings, but no eyes and makes hasty decisions.
    And that is why Love is said to be a child,
    Because of his impulsive behavior.
    As childish boys swear and lie
    And Love is guilty everywhere.
    For before Demetrius looked on Hermia’s eyes
    He swore to me he was only mine.
    And when Hermia heard these promises too,
    He faded from my life, and so did his promise of our love.

    Even from the first scene of this play, the reason for Helena’s dismay is clear, and how it relates to “Romeo and Juliet.” Here Helena disregards the haste of Love, and expresses how her relationship with Demetrius has failed because of it. Demetrius, whom she still loves, has promised her they will be together, and then he fell in love with Hermia, leaving Helena behind. This immediately reminded me of Romeo’s relationship with Rosaline. Romeo went on and on about how much he loved her and wished to be with her forever. However, as soon as Romeo saw Juliet, Rosaline was completely forgotten. In this play, it is almost as if Romeo acted the same way towards Rosaline, but Rosaline actually loved him back. Helena being Rosaline, she is devastated from being rejected. Hermia on the other hand, is adored by Demetrius and finds no interest in him at all. Although Helena cares for her friend, Hermia, she can’t help but be jealous of her situation. This spark of jealousy could cause some problems in the future.

  10. caias1

    When people are in love, they use their minds instead of their eyes
    That is why Cupid is always shown to be blind when he is painted
    Love does not have good judgement
    Even Cupid is reckless
    That is why Love is said to be a child
    It makes bad choices
    Like boys who play games by lying, Cupid breaks promises all the time
    Before Demetrius ever say Hermia, he always told me he’d be mine
    But when he became infatuated over Hermia, he broke his promises

    From this speech, Helena conveys how her love with Demetrius ended when he became infatuated with Hermia, yet she still loves him. He promised her that she would be his and he would be hers, but he left her for another pretty girl, who also happened to be her best friend. Her experience with Demetrius reminds me of Romeo and Rosaline, with the one-sided love.

  11. alexo

    Love is not found in the eyes, but the mind
    And this makes Cupid blind,
    Love does not have good judgment either-
    Cupid has wings but no eyes and is reckless.
    And so love is said to be a child,
    because he often makes bad choices.
    As boys in games lie,
    So does the boy break promises everywhere.
    before Demetrius saw Hermia,
    He hailed promise after promise that he was mine.

    This speech shows that Helena got the short side of the stick when it came to love. Her one true love, instead of staying with her forever like promised, turned all his affection towards a woman that had no affection towards him back. This isn’t so bad for hermia, as she has someone that loves her and is planning to run away with him, but Helena is stuck partner-less, once in a happy relationship.

  12. Kat

    Love has a mind of it’s own, it acts on it’s own;
    Love itself is blind:
    Even Love does not have good judgement when it comes to love;
    Cupid has no eyes or wings:
    This makes love as unpredictable as a child,
    Because love is usually a trickster.
    Like young boys playing around,
    So Cupid is guilty of lying often:
    Before Demetrius saw Hermia,
    He loved me, and saw me as he now sees Hermia;
    But when he saw Hermia,
    His affections for me no longer existed.

    So far it seems that Helena has only had one big experience with love. She seems to have deeply fallen in love with Demetrius, but it was too late. She talks about how love is unpredictable. This is true to her situation. When Demetrius liked her in the beginning she didn’t feel the same way, but now she loves him. I also noticed that the word love is capitalized as if it is a person. This is referring to Cupid. I think that in this play love/Cupid will play a big role in affecting the lives of the people. Helena is alone during this speech and she is able to reveal her true emotions. I wonder if just like in Romeo and Juliet, Helena will have long speeches by herself, but then scarcely speak with others.

    1. eshap

      That’s a very interesting idea. In “Romeo and Juliet”, Juliet had long speeches by herself, often on the topic of love. However, when she spoke with others, very little was spoken. Helena might prove to be the same. She differs from Juliet by being in love with someone who does not love her in return.

  13. George

    Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
    And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind:
    Nor hath Love’s mind of any judgement taste;
    Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste:
    And therefore is Love said to be a child,
    Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.
    As waggish boys in game themselves forswear,
    So the boy Love is perjured every where:
    For ere Demetrius look’d on Hermia’s eyne,
    He hail’d down oaths that he was only mine
    ;And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt,
    So he dissolved, and showers of oaths did melt.

    This short speech has a huge amount of underlying meaning. The first part says that love is blind and because of that it leads to hasty decisions. The next part talks about petrarchan love because it says “As waggish boys in game themselves forswear, So the boy Love is perjured every where”. This shows that men and boys are more likely to fall in love no matter the consequences. However that also means that they can fall in and out of love really really fast. Then it talks about the petrarchan love between Hermia and Demetrius. Overall this speech is great to analyze because of its simple complexity.

  14. ivanl

    Love comes from the eyes, rather than the mind
    Love is blind, as is Cupid
    Love has is unable to see; it is more like a child
    It is so deceptive
    Like young boys, Love is known to often lie
    Before Demetrius saw Hermia, he loved me
    But ever since he saw her, he no longer loves me

    Helena has had a bad experience with her love. She loves Demetrius, but Demetrius no longer loves her, for he has Hermia to love. She explains love with boys as being random and very unpredictable. This is true with Romeo, one moment he had loved Rosaline, and all of sudden, he saw Juliet, and all was forgotten about Rosaline.

  15. maddy

    Love is not enkindled by one’s appearance, yet rather, by one’s character;
    Thus, art depicts Cupid as blind:
    The nature of love is not judgmental;
    Cupid is heedless and rash, for he has wings rather than eyes:
    Love is therefore said to be juvenile,
    Due to its poor decisions.
    Likewise boys receive joy from playing games comprised of falsities,
    Cupid remains untrue to his promises:
    Before Demetrius laid eye upon Hermia,
    He showered me with promises and swore to be mine for eternity;
    And when he became enamored by Hermia,
    His love, and the promises he made by my name, fell.

    This soliloquy discloses the encounters Helena has had with love. It is revealed that Demetrius was in love with Helena, yet his feelings for her were unrequited. He no longer loved Helena upon becoming enamored by Hermia, who loved him in return. Envied by this occurrence, Helena fell in love with Demetrius; although he no longer loved her. It can be inferred from this that Helena enjoyed toying with Demetrius’ emotions, and was accustomed to stringing along men who loved her. She was unaccustomed, however, to a man disregarding his love for her due to another woman. It is hypocritical of Helena to pine after Demetrius on behalf of his newfound love for Hermia. Helena did not love Demetrius in return when he was enamored by her. She had a chance with Demetrius, yet it is not as if she loved him in return. This is similar to the message that losing something can sometimes show how much you miss it.

    I believe that Helena’s love for Demetrius is partially similar to Romeo and Juliet’s love. This is so because Helena became enamored by Demetrius when her love for him would be thwarted, and had no hopes of prospering. Although Romeo and Juliet both loved each other in return, their relationship was ill-fated from the moment they fell in love. Not only were they on opposing sides of a familial feud; Juliet was also to be married to Paris. Additionally, Helena is willing to make a great sacrifice so that Demetrius will think highly of her; perhaps wishing that this will contribute to him loving her again. Helena plans to tell Demetrius of Hermia and Lysander’s scheme to run away together. It is portrayed that Helena cares for Demetrius’ returned love to a great extent if she prioritizes his approval over her supposed friend, Hermia. If Hermia is prevented from running away with Lysander, she will either be murdered, forced to marry Demetrius, or have to take a vow of chastity. Romeo and Juliet likewise made drastic sacrifices for one another, such as planning to run away, and ultimately, offing themselves.

  16. margauxc

    To fall in love, is to fall from our thoughts and not our eyes;
    Which must be why a painted Cupid is rendered blind:
    As well as this- Love lacks discernment;
    To be winged and blind warrants reckless haste:
    It is why they call Love a child,
    Because from fair judgement he is often lead astray.
    Just like boys do make it sport to lie,
    Cupid spreads his false oaths all the time.
    Yet… Before Demetrius had caught sight of Hermia’s eyes,
    He swore, relentlessly, that he was only mine;
    And then in fervor, he fell for Hermia,
    His presence and promise I’ve all but forgotten.

    As Romeo had once told Mercutio, Love is… “too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn.” (Act I, scene iv). In Helena’s lament, she conveys a similar attitude as Romeo. Helena’s soliloquy at the conclusion of scene i introduces several aspects of her character. Helena is yet another victim of unrequited love; However, unlike Romeo or Demetrius, Helena chides herself for being a fool. Her self-awareness, yet unwillingness to stop, conveys how severely Helena loves Demetrius. She trivializes Love and deems it childish and irrational- actions which hint at Helena’s frustration with the tender emotion that brings her grievance. From this soliloquy, the audience sees that Helena faces a cruel desperation- cruel enough that she would double-cross and envy Hermia, her childhood friend, all in the name of love. The risks which are being taken by Helena depict how loyal Helena truly is- and ultimately, it shows how, instead of ensuring her friend’s happiness, she places her best interests beforehand. Yet, despite all of her efforts to win Demetrius’ favor, Helena is still not certain if Demetrius will even grant her thanks. From this encounter, the audience can observe how maddening love is. It holds the potential to drive starry-eyed dreamers into a state of lunacy- such as it did to Juliet and her Romeo.

  17. arihantp1

    You do not love with your eyes, but with your mind
    And that is why Cupid is blind
    Judgement is unknown to Love’s mind
    Cupid has wings, but no eyes which show you his haste
    Love is said to be a child
    Due to his questionable choices
    Just like boys tell lies in a game
    Love tell lies everywhere
    For when Demetrius looked upon Helena’s eyes
    He swore that she was his
    However as time passed
    The oaths he swore were no longer there

    Helena has had a terrible experience with love from this soliloquy. Demetrius used to love Helena with all his heart, but soon he completely forgot about her. But Helena is still madly in love with Demetrius. Just like Love tells lies, Demetrius told lies in order to win over Helena only to let her go. The first line is contradictory to Helena’s case, since Demetrius most likely loved her with his eyes, which is not true love. Similar to Romeo and Juliet, Romeo gave up Rosaline in an instant once he saw Juliet, Demetrius gave up Helena and fell for Hermia.

  18. marinas1

    Love sees not with its eyes, but with its mind, and therefore does not always make the correct decisions;
    That is why Cupid is constantly depicted as blind.
    Nor does Love have a good judgement.
    Love has wings, and yet no eyes, so how is it meant to fly?
    Love is often called a child
    For in its choices it is often spellbinded.
    As boys playing games usually lie,
    So does love, for it is constantly making false statements.
    For, before Demetrius had looked in Hermia’s direction,
    He had claimed that he was mine;
    But when he saw Hermia’s attractiveness,
    He left my side, and the vows of love soon disappeared.

    Right away, we can see the kind of person Helena is. She is just as pretty as Hermia, just as capable, and yet, she is not loved by the one person she loves back. In a way, she does seem like Romeo. As Romeo, she is hopelessly in love. However, her predicament is quiet different from Romeo and Rosaline’s. When Romeo loved Rosaline, he was the perfect image of a Petrarchian lover: loving from afar, never interacting with the girl he loved. In Helena’s case, however, Demetrius had previously loved her, and then the second he saw Hermia, he ran in the opposite direction. From this, I could see how Demetrius could be labeled as Romeo, for he loves too quickly. Although this all may be true, it never says whether or not Helena loved Demetrius when he was in love with her. This leads me to believe that either Helena was too frightened to talk to Demetrius, or, as a more probable theory, she just wants what she can not have, and, as of right now, that thing is Demetrius.

    Although she may just be jealous, I do still feel sympathy to her. She loves the one person who does not love her back anymore. In this case, she reminds me greatly of Eponine, a character from Victor Hugo’s book, “Les Miserables”, which in turn inspired a musical of the same name. In the musical, Eponine loves one of her close friends, and yet never says anything. So, when he falls in love with someone else, she is completely heart broken, and feels like she will never love anyone else but him. Just like Helena, Eponine is overshadowed by a more perfect girl, Hermia in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and Cosette in “Les Miserables”. Although both Eponine and Helena are just as beautiful as Cosette and Hermia, they are both just not considered good enough. In addition, when Helena says
    “‘for this intelligence if I have thanks, it is a dear expense. But herein mean I to enrich my pain,
    to have his sight thither and back again.'”, meaning that letting him go after Hermia will be worth it, fir then she gets to see him leave and come back. This is just like Eponine, who fights with Marius, as well as pretends to be happy for him when he announces that he in love with Cosette.

  19. briannag3

    Love is not based on looks, but is from personality;
    Which is why they say Cupid is blind:
    Love does not judge;
    Because he has wings and not eyes he is very rash:
    So love is called a child,
    Because of his hasty decisions.
    Like boys playing a game of lies,
    So Cupid spreads his false hopes all around:
    And before Demetrius looked upon Hermia,
    He would always tell me how he was only mine;
    And when he fell for Hermia,
    All of the promises he made me were gone.

    In Helena’s soliloquy she paints love as a child. A child that will promise things and misguide you. She says that love is too hasty and plays tricks. Helena talks about how Demetrius was head over heels in love with her, but then caught sight of Hermia. Hermia tore Demetrius away from Helena and then she was left in that dark, alone. This is, in a way, contradicting what she said earlier, that love is blind. Because here, she is saying that Demetrius caught sight of Hermia and immediately fell out of love with her and in love with Hermia. I can see the comparison here between this soliloquy and the play Romeo and Juliet. In the very beginning of Romeo and Juliet Romeo had a complete unrequited love for Rosaline. He was mopey and depressed until he caught sight of Juliet at the party. After he saw her, it was “love at first sight” (which also contradicts the fact that love is blind, since that’s the immediate reason he fell in love with her in the first place). It was like Romeo forgot about Rosaline immediately and everything was about Juliet, just like what happens in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Demetrius being Romeo, Hermia being Juliet, and Helena being Rosaline, only Helena ends up loving him back only to be rejected.

  20. cameronl3

    Love is not seen from the eyes, but from the mind;
    And that is why Cupid is painted blind:
    Nor has Love’s mind of any judgement taste;
    Wings and no eyes, how can it fly:
    And therefore is Love said to be a child,
    Because of its choices made.
    As boys playing games lie,
    So does Love, as it makes mistakes:
    For before Demitrius laid eyes on Hermia,
    He once said that he was mine,
    And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt,
    So he dissolved, and showers of oaths did melt.

    This shows Helena is still very jealous and saddened by the fact Demetrius is not with her anymore. She sympathizes for herself,about how Hermia had in a way “taken” Demetrius from her. Her experience is very depressing, as she is unable to find a man that truly loved her. This shows that love is not always true, almost the way we see Romeo “love” Rosaline.

  21. eshap

    Love sees with its mind, and not its eyes, making rash decisions along the way;
    Which is why Cupid is shown to be blind.
    Good judgement is something Love does not have.
    Without eyes, and with wings, Love cannot fly without obstacles.
    Love is called to be a child
    For its choices often have him entranced.
    As boys who usually play games lie,
    As does Love, who also states the false
    For, before Demetrius had looked at Hermia carefully,
    He had made claims that he were to be mine;
    But when he saw the beauty of Hermia,
    He left me for her, and the oaths meant for me left for her.

    In this passage, we can see that Helena is looking desperately for love, complaining about how Hermia is just as beautiful as she, yet Demetrius loves Hermia. Helena wants Demetrius’ love for herself, as he was the one who originally love her. She makes sure it is stated that Hermia is no more beautiful than she is, making sure she still has a chance with Demetrius. In a way, Helena is similar to Rosaline, and Demetrius can be portrayed as Romeo. Demetrius, looking for love, falls in love with Helena, a beautiful maiden. However, at first she does not love im. As a result, Demetrius turned away from her, looking to the next beautiful maiden, Hermia. He desperately falls in love with Hermia, gaining the trust and approval of her father for marriage. This triangle is different from that of Romeo and Juliet, since Hermia does not love Demetrius the way Juliet loved Romeo. In this play, Lysander is similar to Hermia, however he manages to gain Hermia’s love, but have disapproval of the father.

    Furthermore, Helena claims that love sees with its mind, and not its eyes. This means that instead of seeing any consequences that may result, love just does the action. Often rash decisions are made that further increase the problem. For example, Romeo had immediately killed himself when seeing Juliet dead. Had he waited a few more minutes, Friar Lawrence would have explained everything. In this play, I think when Helena tells Demetrius of Hermia and Lysander’s plan, this will increase their conflict of love.

  22. laurena2

    True Love attracts the mind, not the heart;
    And therefore, Cupid is shown to be blind:
    Love does not have good judgement;
    And Love can bring extreme haste:
    Therefore, Love is said to be childlike,
    Because he makes such impulsive decisions.
    As young boys will swear,
    For Love can be seen everywhere:
    Before Demetrius ever laid eyes on Hermia,
    He swore that he would be mine;
    And when he first saw Hermia,
    All these promises and oaths went away.

    After reading this soliloquy, it is evident that Helena falls in love too easily. After simply hearing that Demetrius was in love with her, she promised the same back. Helena felt that because he loved her, she had to love him back. This also reminds me of Romeo and Juliet because Romeo and Juliet made such impulsive and childlike decisions. Without even getting to know each other, the immediately fell in love and got married the very next day. This shows that like Romeo and Juliet, Helena and Demetrius made very childlike decisions to love each other and proclaim their love to one another.

  23. alekhya

    Love sees with its mind, and not its eyes
    And therefore Cupid is painted blind:
    Love does not have good judgement
    Love can bring extreme haste
    And therefore is Love said to be a child,
    Because in choice he is so often impulsive
    As boys, who play around, lie
    So does the childish Love which lies
    Before Demetrius set his eyes on Hermia
    He swore that he was mine
    But when he saw Hermia
    his oaths to me faded away.

    We see from this soliloquy that Helena is truly desperate for love and though she calls Love childish she herself is acting rather like a jealous child. Just for Dmetrius to look at her again she is willing to tell him about Hermia’s escape plan knowing she and Lysander will get in trouble. This soliloquy also reminded me of Friar Lawrence’s speech to Romeo about love. He says that young men due indeed love with their eyes having seen Romeo go from adoring Rosaline to loving Juliet so quickly. Again bringing in the idea that with Love comes haste and impulsive decisions.

  24. adam

    Love is found with the mind, rather than eyes.
    Cupid has no eyes
    Love is impulsive
    Winged with no eyes leads to dispute
    And love as displayed as a child
    Because of impulse
    Children fool around. and play games
    Before Demetrius met Hermia
    he swore he would be loyal
    And once he say here
    He loved her and left me behind.
    Helena is aggrieved by love and it’s unwise ways. She loved somebody and believed he loved her, but he left her as soon as he saw somebody “better.” This is similar to Romeo, as he thought he loved Rosaline but switched suddenly. Helena love She Demetrius and blames Hermia for her withdrawal. She compares him to a foolish child who breaks promises She is vexed by love and jealous because her love is now taken from her. But, In Romeo and Juliet, Rosaline never knew he was in love with her, which is how it differs. Romeo and Juliet also took a “physical oath” to stay with eachother, which was untreatable rather than this one.

  25. Tyler Newby

    Love is not found with the eyes, but with the mind;
    Therefore Cupid is said to be blind;
    Love has very bad judgement;
    Cupid has wings but no eyes making him very hasty;
    Therefore love is a child;
    Because children have bad judgement;
    Just like boys who lie for fun;
    Cupid breaks his promises;
    Before Demetrius ever met Hermia;
    He swore that he was mine;
    But when he fell in love with Hermia;
    He stopped loving me and he broke his promise

    Helena is still in love with Demetrius, even though he has abandoned her for Hermia. Even though he betrayed her for her best friend she is blindly in love with him. Just as she says he falls in love too easily, so does Helena.


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