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

  1. After reading Act I, scene i of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we witness Helena fawn over Demetrius, even though he loves Hermia. She says:

    “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
    And therefore is winged 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 everywhere.
    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 show’rs of oaths did melt.” (I, i, 240-251).

    When paraphrased:

    “When in love, people don’t see with their eyes, but with their minds;
    That’s why Cupid is blind.
    Love doesn’t have good judgment, either.
    With wings and no eyes, Cupid is bound to be hasty.
    Therefore, Love is said to be a child
    Because he makes such bad choices.
    Just as boys play sports by lying,
    Love lies everywhere.
    Before Demetrius ever saw Hermia,
    He showered me with love and said he was devoted to me;
    But when he started liking Hermia,
    He went away, and his promises melted away.”

    This presents an interesting comparison to Romeo and Juliet. At first, Helena was in love with Demetrius, and he felt the same way towards her. Yet, over time, he fell for Hermia instead. The love Helena had for Demetrius was not reciprocated. This is exactly the case between Romeo and Rosaline. Romeo loved Rosaline from afar, yet she never loved him back. However, there is a difference. Whereas Helena started out being loved, and then was alone, Romeo started out alone and then ended up being loved by Juliet. To me, this soliloquy also characterizes Helena as selfish. At first, she is just sad that she can’t have him. Yet, as the soliloquy progresses, she devises a plan, betraying her best friend in return for a small hope she’ll be recognized by Demetrius. There isn’t even a guaranteed chance that Demetrius will thank her and love her for it; yet she continues with the plan anyway. In this respect, she is different from that of Romeo. Whereas Romeo watched his beloved Rosaline from afar, Helena has a distinct plan that she will use to get who she loves. Even when Romeo does find a girlfriend (and, later, wife) Juliet, he eases into the relationship and doesn’t force her into it. In a sense, Helena can even be compared to Mercutio or Benvolio. Benvolio and Mercutio tease Romeo because of his crush, making fun of their friend. But Helena takes it to a whole new level. She is going to go ahead and stab her friend in the back to get what she wants. Overall, upon looking into and analyzing Helena’s character, she is very interesting than at first thought.

    • Great blog! I love how you contrasted Helena and Romeo by saying that while Romeo watched Rosaline from afar, Helena devised a plan to assure that she gets Demetrius. Your paraphrasing was awesome. Keep up the good work! 🙂

    • Great Job, Matt! Your paraphrasing, analysis, and ideas were very interesting and excellent. Keep up the great work!

  2. You do not love someone by their looks, but by their inner selves;
    And because of that, Cupid is thought of as wrong:
    And Love’s judgement does not have any say;
    Flight and blindness lead to uncatious rushing:
    And therefore Love is a child,
    Because he is often mislead.
    Just as boys playfully lie,
    Love lies all the time:
    For now Demetrius admires Hermia,
    When he swore to me that he was mine;
    And when he saw Hermia,
    He abandoned me and his oaths were gone.

    Helena does not have a pleasant experience with love. Demetrius once loved her, but as soon as he saw Helena, he began loving her instead. Helena feels very betrayed and says that love lies. It makes you think that someone loves you forever, and then snatches them away because they love someone else. We can learn that although some people are trustworthy, others would leave you for someone else in a snap. This relates to Romeo and Juliet. Romeo abandoned Rosaline as soon as he saw another girl who was more prettier than she was. But in Romeo and Juliet, Rosaline did not mind that Romeo loved someone else. In A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Helena feels upset and cast off because she had feeling for Demetrius. I think that further on in the play, we will find even more similarities and differences between the two plays.

    • Great job, Arina! Your analysis is great, and your comparison between the two plays is awesome! Climb that meowntain!

  3. In tonight’s reading of Act I scene i of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare, we meet the characters and learn their stories. Helena loves Demetrius and he loves Hermia, Helena says:
    Not paraphrased:
    “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
    And therefore is winged 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 everywhere.
    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 show’rs of oaths did melt.”

    When paraphrased:
    The mind is important in love not looks
    So the Cupid angel could be blind
    And love has no good judgement
    If Cupid has no eyes and wings then he is hasty
    So, love is young
    Because it makes bad choices
    Just as young boys play sports and lie
    Love lies all the time and everywhere
    When Demetrius looks at Hermia
    He was no longer just mine
    And he saw Hermia and felt love and devotion for her
    So he went away and his feelings for me melt when he loved her

    Here, Helena is talking about her love for Demetrius and how he used to love her, but now loves Hermia so now, she can never have him. In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo loves Rosaline and can never be with her because she doesn’t love him back. He wasted time that he could have been with his true love, because he was so caught up on someone that was never there for him. These are very similar situations because they both are going after people they love who can never love them. It took Romeo a long time to realize that he could never be with, hopefully Helena won’t make that same mistake. If she would stop trying to be with Demetrius, she could find someone who actually loves her instead of loving someone else. Helena needs to learn to move on from him because he doesn’t love her, and hasn’t for a long time. Romeo needed to learn this and once he did learn, his life was infinitely better and he finally fell in love with someone who also loved him. Helena should take some pointers from Romeo and improve her own happiness.

  4. In tonights reading of Act I scene i of Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare Helena described love in a wise way. She said,
    “Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind.
    And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
    Nor hath Love’s mind of any judgment 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 everywhere.
    For ere Demetrius looked on Hermia’s eyne,
    He hailed 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.
    And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt,
    So he dissolved, and showers of oaths did melt.” (I,i, 240-251)
    In other words:
    Love occurs in the mind, not in the eyes
    Therefore, Cupid is always depicted as blindfolded or blind
    Love also doesn’t good judgement
    Wings without eyes is a disaster waiting to happen
    That’s why Love is said to be a child
    Because it makes bad choices
    Just as boys lie in games
    So does the boy Cupid
    Before Demetrius and Hermia ever met
    He promised that he was mine
    But when he saw Hermia
    He and his promises faded away

    This reveals that Helena trusted love but it just stabbed her in the back. Now she is trying to warn others that love can be disastrous and can break promises. Helena fell in love with Demetrius but then he fell in love with her best friend Hermia. She was heartbroken because Demetrius promised her that he will love her for eternity but then he traded his back. Her heart ached but instead of blaming Demetrius, she blames love and Cupid. She believes that love is blind and it too can break promises.When Demetrius was in love with her, he made so many promises but once he left she felt betrayed. She now wants him more then ever just how like Juliet longed for Romeo even more when she couldn’t have him in Romeo and Juliet. She believes that Cupid/love is a disaster because it lies in the mind not the eyes. If it was in the eyes, people would move on quickly but since it’s in the mind, it is more complex. This is similar to when Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet mentioned to Romeo that true love doesn’t have to do with looks but instead the feeling. In essence, Romeo and Juliet’s experience with love is similar to the one Helena is experiencing.

    • Nice job, Noy. I agreed with all your points. I also forgot that Friar Lawrence had the same view on love as Helena, good job pointing that out.

  5. Helena is distraught about her love situation, as the boy she thought loved her back had now turned his back on her to love her best friend.

    Love isn’t about the looks, it’s about the thoughts
    And because of that, that means Cupid cannot see
    And Love itself doesn’t understand
    So wings and blindness equal haste
    Love is said to be a kid
    Due to his decisions being so unwise
    As childish boys lie all the time
    Love does the same thing
    Because once Demetrius saw Hermia
    He forgot all the promises he made to me
    And even after Hermia denied him
    His promises were already far gone

    Helena’s experience with love is a sad and sorrowful tale. She thought that she had the perfect relationship with a boy who loved her back, but that all changed right when Demetrius saw Hermia. Now, Demetrius had forgotten all about the great times that he had spent with Helena, and was only focused on a girl who did not like him back. Helena is angry at Cupid and says this speech in spite of her bad fortune. All seems to be well with Helena, and she starts off as a girl who everybody should just feel bad for. But, she shows that she is selfish and cares about herself over everyvody else, and comes up with a plan that will ruin Hermia and Lysander’s plan. Hermia and Lysander told Helena that they were going to meet in the forest and leave the city of Athens so that they would be able to be together. Helena decides that she is going to tell Demetrius about this, so he might remember his time with Helena and love her again.

  6. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
    Love isn’t based on looks, but personality
    And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind:
    That is why Cupid is blind
    Nor hath Love’s mind of any judgement taste;
    Nor does love have any judgment
    Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste:
    Because he has wings with no eyes
    And therefore is Love said to be a child,
    This is why love is said to be a child
    Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.
    Because he makes bad choices
    As waggish boys in game themselves forswear,
    Like little boys who lie
    So the boy Love is perjured every where:
    Love lies all the time
    For ere Demetrius look’d on Hermia’s eyne,
    Because Demetrius loves Hermia
    He hail’d down oaths that he was only mine;
    When he made oaths that he was mine
    And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt,
    And when he saw Hermia
    So he dissolved, and showers of oaths did melt.
    All the oaths melted

    This speech that Helena says shows that she has had a bad experience with love. She says love has bad judgment. She is mad at love because Demetrius loves Hermia now when before he loved her. This has made her mad at love. We can learn that love doesn’t always see with his mind. The second Demetrius saw Hermia, he loved her instead of Helena. We also saw this in Romeo and Juliet. Romeo was head over heels about Rosaline and he was so sad that she didn’t love him back. And then the second he saw Juliet he fell in love with her and forgot all about Rosaline. This is exactly like Demetrius. Shakespeare might be saying how love usually judges with his eyes, not with his mind.

  7. Helena’s soliloquy paraphrased:

    Love does not look with eyes, but with the mind;
    And that is why Cupid is portrayed blind:
    Nor does Love pay mind to judgement
    Wings, and no eyes make unmindful speed:
    And there, Love is said to be a child,
    Because he is often deceived
    As mischievous boys playing games swear they don’t,
    Love lies everywhere:
    For before Demetrius looked upon Hermia’s eyes,
    He promised that he was only mine;
    But when Hermia met him,
    He disappeared, along with his oaths

    Once Demetrius leaves Helena for her friend Hermia, she becomes jealous. In her soliloquy, she speaks of her miserable experience with love. For instance, she says that “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.” This statement is her relatable to situation, since Demetrius broke up with her because his eyes saw something more attractive. In addition, she calls love a liar, which also makes sense given that Demetrius had lied to her about loving her, even though he promised he did. Romeo does the same in Romeo and Juliet. Before he met Juliet, he was smitten with Rosaline, who never returned his feelings. As result, he moaned and groaned about how love was bitter and cruel at times. Romeo may also be associated with Demetrius, as he once loved one girl but now another. If this is the case, perhaps Helena will fall in love with someone else, as Romeo did with Juliet.

  8. We see love from our minds, not our eyes
    And that’s why Cupid is always painted blind
    Love also does not have good judgement
    Having wings but no eyes is bound to end up as a disaster
    That’s why love is like a child
    Because it makes hasty decisions
    Just as childish boys playing games always lie
    love and Cupid is similar,
    Before Demetrius laid eyes on Hermia
    He swore that he’ll be mine
    And when he started to feel love for Hermia
    His promise melted away.

    Helena has had a difficult relationship with love. She does not see love as something good like most do, but sees it as something that can break your heart. She loves Demetrius, but Demetrius loves her best friend. Demetrius, after setting eyes on Hermia, never acknowledged and love Helena like he used to. In Romeo and Juliet, love was displayed as a powerful thing, and something affect a lot of the characters. Here, love definitely impacts the way Helena displays the world, and the decisions she makes. She loves Demetrius so much that she is deciding to betray her friend and tell him about Hermia and Lysander’s elopement. However, in Romeo and Juliet, the love was romantic, not sorrowful. Cupid brought the two, Romeo and Juliet, together, and they were a happy couple. However, Helena is in love with Demetrius but he is in love with another girl. Helena describes the Cupid as a child, and that it is bound for disaster. Helena’s relationship with Demetrius is much like Romeo’s relationship with Rosaline, but in this play, it is much more in depth and focused on.

    • Good job, Ellie! I really like how you compared the sweetness of the love in Romeo and Juliet, and the angry out look Helena has. Your paraphrasing was also excellent. I can’t wait to see how others’ actions while in love affect Helena, for better or for worse. Great work!

  9. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;/
    We do not love by looks, but by what we think;
    And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind:/
    And therefore winged Cupid is blind:
    Nor hath Love’s mind of any judgement taste;/
    And does not have a mind of good taste;
    Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste:/
    He has wings and no eyes that represent reckless taste:
    And therefore is Love said to be a child,/
    And therefore love is childish,
    Because in choice he is so oft beguiled./
    Because by choice he is often cheated.
    As waggish boys in game themselves forswear,/
    As young boys in sport swear falsely,
    So the boy Love is perjured every where:/
    So the boy in love is guilty everywhere:
    For ere Demetrius look’d on Hermia’s eyne,/
    For then Demetrius looked on Hermia’s eye,
    He hail’d down oaths that he was only mine;/
    He always promised me that he was only mine;
    And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt,/
    And when his promises are given to Hermia for her feelings,
    So he dissolved, and showers of oaths did melt./
    So he went away, and his promises disappeared.

    Helena’s soliloquy has a frustrated and defeated tone to it. The main gist of it is that Demetrius doesn’t love her the way he loves Hermia. She also mentions how love is blind, and that humans love based on physical beauty, rather than how someone behaves, and their personalities. Furthermore, she talks about how love is immature, and because Cupid is blind, lovers aimlessly make promises with poor judgement. That part of the soliloquy is identical to the theme of the young lovers’ impulsivity in Romeo and Juliet. They were young and caught in the moment and feeling of love, so much so that they lose judgement and made rash decisions. Just to keep their love alive. I look forward to reading the rest of the play, and finding more ideas similar to Romeo and Juliet!

  10. In Act 1, scene I of A Midsummer Night’s Dreams by William Shakespeare, we are introduced to many new characters. It is evident that Helena loves Demetrius very dearly, despite him loving Hermia. She says:

    “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.” (1.1.240-251)

    Paraphrased:
    When we’re in love, we don’t see with our eyes but with our minds.
    That’s why paintings of Cupid, the god of love, always show him as blind.
    And love doesn’t have good judgment either
    Cupid, has wings and no eyes, so he’s bound to be reckless and hasty.
    That’s why they say love is a child.
    because it makes such bad choices.
    Just as boys like to play games by telling lies,
    Cupid breaks his promises all the time.
    Before Demetrius ever saw Hermia,
    he showered me with promises and swore he’d be mine forever.
    But when he got all hot and bothered over Hermia,
    his promises melted away.

    After ready Helena’s soliloquy, there is a striking similarity between Helena and Romeo. Helena loves Demetrius, but he doesn’t love her back, loving Hermia instead. Similarly, Romeo experiences his first true feelings of love with Rosaline, who didn’t love him back. This lead to Romeo finding someone in Juliet, who returned the love he had for her. However, Demetrius loved Helena as he did for her before his love transitioned towards Hermia. This soliloquy as portrays Helena as very selfish. Upon feeling upset about her love situation, she devises a plan that would completely backstab her best friend Hermia, who Demetrius loves. Hermia and Lysander confess their intention of fleeing Athens, and Helena decides to tell Demetrius about it in a final attempt to win his love. She isn’t completely certain that this will work, but is willing to completely disregard her friendship to give herself possible recognition from Detritus. This aspect of being selfish is also unlike Romeo. I hope to read and learn more about these interesting character in the upcoming scenes.

  11. Helena’s soliloquy paraphrase:

    Love isn’t something that is based off appearance, it looks upon your personality;
    So therefore Love basically wanders with a mask;
    And doesn’t make any judgements;
    Cupid flies around with no wings or eyes, so he is bound to be foolish and reckless.
    Love is just like a little kid.
    He often makes bad choices;
    Boys like to make a game of lying;
    So cupid is always breaking promises.
    Before Demetrius fell in love with Hermia,
    He promised that he was mine;
    But when he discovered Hermia, that was all over,
    His promises were all gone.

    I feel very bad for Helena as she says her soliloquy. She is always in the shadow of her best friend Hermia. She is in a situation where a man she once thought was hers is now swooning over her best friend. She was showered with promises that he was all hers, and now that is all over. I don’t think that Demetrius is a bad guy, but sometimes men can be so selfish, he doesn’t realize what he is doing to her. She relates to Juliet because she is so in love with a man that she can’t have right now. Juliet would hate being without Romeo, and this is the same for Helena. They are different though because Helena feels lonely because no one loves her. Imagine two men, Lysander and Demetrius, fighting over your best friend while you are all alone? Juliet is lucky to have a man like Romeo. I know that things will change for Helena, so she just needs to hold on.

  12. After reading Act I, scene i of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the reader witnesses Helena fawn over Demetrius, even though he loves Hermia. She says:

    “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
    And therefore is winged 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 everywhere.
    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 show’rs of oaths did melt.” (I, i, 240-251).

    When paraphrased:

    You cannot see love with your eyes, you can only see it in your mind
    This is why Cupid is blind
    Love does not have good judgment either.
    With wings, yet no eyes, Cupid is very hasty
    This is why love can only be a child
    Because it often makes bad choices.
    It is just as bad as when boys do not have good sportsmanship
    This love is everywhere
    Before Demetrius first saw Hermia
    He told me that I was his and devoted his love to me and only me.
    But when he saw Hermia
    His devotion and love disappeared for me but appeared for Hermia.

    This very similar to Romeo and Juliet because Romeo and Juliet loved each other when Paris loved Juliet and she didn’t love him back. In this soliloquy, Demetrius loves Hermia, but she does not love Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander love each other and don’t want to marry anyone else. In many ways, Shakespeare displays the same themes and plots in all of his play.

  13. After reading Act I, scene i, of Mid Summer Night’s Dream, we read the summary of the four different stories. The play starts off with Helena, Hermia, Dermetrius and Lysander. Helena says:
    “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
    And therefore is winged 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 everywhere.
    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 show’rs of oaths did melt.”

    When paraphrased:
    You cannot see love with your eyes, but your mind.
    When we see paintings of Cupid, he is blind.
    And love does not have good judgement
    It does not have wings or eyes so it will be hasty
    That is why love is a child
    Because his actions are so silly and makes bad choices
    Like boys play games all the time, Cupid breaks promises all the time.
    Before Demetrius laid eyes on Hermia, he promised that he would love Helena forever.

    Helena is completely torn up over Demetrius. This is again like a petrarchan love in a way. In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo loved Rosaline from afar; however, Rosaline continued ignoring Romeo. In this case, Helena has courted Demtrius; however, she is caught with all these feelings. While the man she loves, loves her best friend. It’s a twisted and evil love triangle and I am excited to read as to what happens next.

  14. In Act I scene i of A Midsummer Night’s Dream we see that Helena loves Demetrius, but Demetrius loves Hermia. Helena says,
    “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.”

    Paraphrased, this becomes,

    Love lives in the mind, not through the eyes;
    And that is why cupid is blind:
    Love has no good judgement;
    Wings and no eyes make Cupid bound to be hasty:
    And therefore Love is a child,
    Because it makes bad choices.
    And young boys playing do lie,
    Love lies all the time:
    For now Demetrius looks at Hermia,
    When he swore he was mine;
    And once Hermia came along,
    All his oaths disappeared.

    From this we can see Helena’s pain from the situation, but she doesn’t want to be mad at Demetrius, so she is mad at love. This is kind of like when Romeo killed Tybalt and Juliet was torn. We also know that Helena loves Demetrius, but the love is not reciprocated back to her. This is like Romeo loving Rosaline, and her not loving him back. Although Romeo was crushed, he moved on to find the love of his life Juliet because of it. Maybe that will happen for Helena. We know that she can’t end up dying like Romeo since this is a comedy. But, she might get her happy ending with Demetrius since Hermia’s father is against him. I hope everything works out for Helena because I already feel bad for her.

    • I enjoyed reading your blog. Your interpretation of Helena’s soliloquy was different than mine and I liked reading a different point of view. As bad as I feel for Helena, for me, that is all outweighed by the fact Helena wants to sabotage her best friend,

  15. 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.

    Summary:
    Love is from the brain, not the eyes;
    And that is why Cupid is blind:
    Neither does love made good decisions;
    Having wings and not having eyes makes him reckless;
    And that is why people call Love a child,
    Because he makes bad decisions.
    Like how mischievous boys lie to play games,
    The troublesome Love lies everywhere:
    Before Demetrius found Hermia,
    He told me he would solely be my own;
    But when he was distracted by Hermia,
    He vanished from me and so did his promises.

    We can easily see how Hermia and Lysander are similar to Romeo and Juliet, but it is harder to see how Helena relates to Romeo and Juliet. Helena seems to be in the exact opposite of Romeo and Juliet’s relationship. Instead of being forbidden to marry Demetrius, it is encouraged she marry Demetrius. Instead of her and Demetrius passionately loving each other, Demetrius betrays her. Helena has seen the downsides of love. In her eyes, love has been rudely toying with her and robbing her of her dreams. At this point, Helena is desperate and she creates a plan to sabotage her best friend in order to possible gain Demetrius’ love. There are many problems with the plan, but Helena is too desperate and hurt to care or notice. Just like in Romeo and Juliet, love can cause rash actions that characters may come to regret.

  16. Love does not look at one’s eyes, but with one’s mind;
    That is why Cupid is painted blind:
    Not Love’s mind in judgement and taste.;
    Wings and no eyes give reckless speed.
    So Love is thought of as a child,
    Because he is often cheated.
    As mischievious boys in games themselves give up,
    So the boy Love is untruthful everywhere:
    For Demetrius looks at Hermia’s eyes,
    He hailed down oaths that were mine;
    And in this hail Hermia found warmth,
    So he disappeared, and his oaths melted.

    We learned a lot in this speech. Helena thinks that the reason why Cupid is painted blind is that love looks at not your appearance, but your personality. She also thinks that Cupid is displayed as a child because boys can be cowards and untruthful. This tells a lot about Helena’s experience with Demetrius. They loved each other because of their own personality, bur Demetrius was stolen from her by Hermia because he fell in love with her beauty. He gave up on Helena to court Hermia, a girl who didn’t love him and was being forced into the marriage. This is actually like Romeo and Juliet, but there seems to be a lot more going on. Hermia and Lysander want to get married, but her father arranged a wedding for her with Demetrius. The plot so far in Midsummer Night’s Dream seems really interesting!

  17. Helena’s soliloquy Paraphrased:

    Love is not in the looks, it’s in the mind/And therefore love is blind/Love does not have good judgement/Having wings without eyes causes careless rushing/And that is what makes love so childish/Because love is so often misguided/As mischievous boys often swear/And their fake love is spread everywhere/For when Demetrius looked at Hermia/He promises that he only loved me/And when he began loving Hermia/All his promises of love vanished.

    This monologue from Helena brings about a similar concept from Romeo and Juliet, that being impulsivity with love. Demetrius clearly is quick to decide who he loves, in a similar manner as Romeo. However, those feelings may change quickly as proven. Romeo quickly loves Juliet over Roselins, Demetrius quickly loves Hermia over Helena. Very similar concepts, same man to write both stories, so what’s the lesson. I believe that it is Shakespeare almost foreshadowing future generations. Clearly, this must have been a developing problem during this time period. Also, this time period must have been the very beginning of women having decision-making rights. We know this because Hermia refusing to marry Demetrius is a very disobedient and horrible thing for her to do. Shakespeare may be showing us that the love should be accepted as it used to be when you were told who you would marry. This definitely creates less conflict on who loves who, and after a while you’ll learn to love the person you’re with. However, choice can be hasty and on an impulse. This is when love goes wrong, most commonly in the youth who aren’t as wise. That is also why I believe Helena says love is a child. I can’t wait to see how this story plays out and if Shakespeare really wishes that women had less choice.

  18. 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.

    Paraphrased:
    Love does not use the eyes, but instead the mind
    And that’s why cupid is blind
    But love can sometimes be wrong
    And it sometimes acts too quick
    That is why love is thought of as young
    Because he is so often misguided
    Just like foolish boys swear
    There love is spread everywhere
    For when Demetrius looked at Hermia
    He promised he only loved me
    And when he began to love Hermia
    All of his promises meant nothing

    This speech from Helena is very similar to what Romeo and Juliet was about. In R+J, they quickly fall in love, then quickly get married, then quickly die. And much like that, Helena is saying that Demetrius quickly fell in love with Hermia, just like Romeo so easily switched to Juliet instead of Rosaline. But the main difference here would be that Demetrius and Helena were actually in a relationship when Demetrius decided that he loved Hermia. Unlike Romeo, who never actually had the guts to go after Rosaline, just to watch her. I can tell that Shakespeare really wants to say something about love. He has said basically the same thing in two different plays. And in “A Midsummer Nights Dream” he outright has Helena say, “Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste” meaning that love can be wrong, and too quick. I don’t know if this is something that Shakespeare believed in, or if this was just an easy way to start of a play. It could be both.

  19. HELENA
    Love does not fall upon choice, but rather our beliefs
    Which is why Cupid is depicted blindfolded
    Neither does love’s mind have good judgment
    For wings without eyes make false speed
    And thus love is depicted to be a child
    Because he is so often deceived in choice
    Even playful boys in a sport would perjure
    So love knowingly lies to itself everywhere
    As here, Demetrius looks into Hermia’s eyes
    He denied the oaths he had sworn to me
    As when he noticed Hermia
    He became untrue and dissolved his oath
    I will tell him about Hermia’s plan
    Tomorrow he will follow them into the woods
    And for this information,
    If he thanks me, it will be at a costly price
    But it will strengthen my plan
    To have his love once again focused towards me

    It seems to me, that Helena has had a poor experience with love, and yet she still believes in it. Her soon to be husband, Demetrius turned her down for the unwilling love of Hermia. “He hailed down oaths that he was only mine:/And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt,/He dissolved, and show’rs of oaths did melt.”(Act. I, Scene ii, Lines 249-251) commented Helena during her soliloquy. Although she still believes in love, it seems that it has turned her bitter, as she plots to sabotage her friend’s plan in order to achieve what she is inhibiting: Love. This teaches us as well, that Helena is determined to be once again with the person she loves and is willing to go to great lengths to achieve this love. This is a trait shared with Romeo and Juliet, and yet Helena is not as desperate nor as willing to give her own life.

  20. In Act I Scene I, we see Hermia and Lysander’s plan to run away into the forest and get married. Helena thinks that if she tells Demetrius of this plan, he will be so grateful that he will fall back in love with her. She says the following:

    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. (lines 240-251)

    Paraphrased:
    Love makes people look not with their eyes but with their mind;
    And therefore Cupid is shown blind:
    Love’s judgement isn’t sound, either;
    Wings and no eyes cause uncautious haste:
    And therefore is Love shown as a child,
    Because in decisions he is often deceived.
    As foolish boys will lie in games,
    Cupid does the same, all the time:
    Before Demetrius loved Hermia,
    He gave me promises that he was only mine;
    And when these promises felt the heat of Hermia,
    So Demetrius left, and showers of promises melted.

    In this monologue, Helena is basically saying that Cupid has made a mistake in causing Demetrius to love Hermia instead of her. We can gather from this that Helena is a jealous kind of person who maybe sometimes jumps to conclusions before making decisions. Maybe she has been in a bad relationship before, or perhaps she just has a very dramatic personality. I think that she would be better off just letting Hermia and Lysander leave Athens, because by telling Demetrius of their plan, she has not only jeopardized her best friend’s happiness, but also told Demetrius exactly where to find the woman that he wants to woo. Helena has pointed him in the right direction and even gave him the ability to get Hermia in a lot of trouble. If you think about it, Helena keeps saying that Cupid is the one who makes mistakes in love and who acts too hastily, but in reality, that’s the way that she is acting. Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer certainly share this hasty aspect, as R+J were quick to get married and quick to kill themselves, just like Helena is quick to come to her decision to tell Demetrius about Hermia and Lysander. I think that if Shakespeare’s characters just overall took more time to make important decisions, it would be better for them in the long run.

  21. 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.

    Paraphrased
    Love doesn’t look with its eyes but with its mind
    That is why Cupid is made to be blind
    Nor does love have any good judgment to come with it
    Wings with no eyes are bound to make hasty decisions
    That is why people say that love is a child
    Because he makes poor choices often
    As boys usually lie when they play games
    For Demetrius looked at Hermia
    He brought down a promise that he was mine
    When this was brought I felt love from Hermia
    But this love soon dissolved and was never repaired.

    This speech shows many similarities with Romeo and Juliet’s love in the sense that they were driven by their love to make hasty decisions. They made hasty decisions throughout the whole play which eventually brought them to kill themselves. However one part of this speech that contrasts with Romeo and Juliet’s love is that their love never diminished they loved each other till the very end.

  22. “Loves is not about looks but about what’s in your mind,
    And therefore Cupid is blind
    Love has doesn’t judge or have a particular taste;
    Cupid moves with incautious speed:
    That makes love like a child,
    because it’s so often charming
    As foolish boys swear,
    So love is guilty everywhere
    For Demetrius saw Hermia
    He praised her with oaths and gratitude once mine;
    Once he started loving Hermia,
    So he left my life, and his oaths and promises left with him.”
    Helena and Demetrius formerly were an item and quite in love. But then Demetrius saw Hermia and instantly fell in love with her, and dropped Helena. This has left poor Helena bitter and jaded when it comes to love. Through this soliloquy we kind of see Rosaline’s perspective from Romeo and Juliet. I think Rosaline and Helena were in very similar situations, and their stories foil one another. Helena also mentions how love should be about your mind, rather than looks because that’s what she and Demetrius had, and all Demetrius sees in Hermia is her outer beauty. Helena believes Demetrius abandoned their more complex love for an easy and shallow one. Helena seems like she defnitley has regrets when it came to love.

  23. Love doesn’t look with his eyes, but with his mind;
    So winged cupid is painted blind
    Nor does love have any feeling of judgment in his mind
    Wings and no eyes makes for careless haste
    So therefore love is said to be a child,
    Because so often in choices is he deceptively charmed
    As playful bits give themselves up to a game
    So boy love is lied to everywhere
    And here Demetrious looks upon Hermia’s eyes,
    He put down promises that he was mine
    And when this hail felt heat from Hernia,
    He disappeared and melted with his promises

  24. “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
    And therefore is winged 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 everywhere.
    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 show’rs of oaths did melt.” (I, i, 240-251).

    Paraphrased:
    When in love, people don’t see with their eyes, but with their minds.
    That’s why Cupid is painted blind.
    And love doesn’t have good judgment—
    Cupid has wings and no eyes, so he’s bound to be reckless and hasty.
    That’s why they say love is a child,
    Because he makes such bad choices.
    Just as boys like to play games by telling lies,
    Cupid breaks his promises all the time.
    Before Demetrius ever saw Hermia,
    He swore he’d be mine forever.
    But when he met Hermia,
    His promises melted away.

    Helena has had a complicated experience with love. She loves Demetrius, and at first, that love was returned. But now, Demetrius is in love with Hermia. This has caused Helena to develop a strong distrust in love. She believes that it is now time for her to get involved, rather than trying to see how things play out. If she decided to just not interfere, then there would be a good chance that Demetrius would take Helena back after Hermia was either killed or if she ran off and married Lysander. But at this point, she cannot trust love. After all, what has love done for her? Make her fall in love and believe that she’ll end up with Demetrius, only to have him taken away. She is now prepared to betray her best friend in order to win Demetrius back. This shows that Helena is selfish and desperate, not to mention completely mistrusts love.

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