A Midsummer Night's Dream

In Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" the mortal teenage

characters fall in love foolishly, and the character Bottom states, "O

what fools these mortals be". They are foolish because they act like

children. Although Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, and Helena appear

grown-up, when they are in love they act foolishly. The four teenage

lovers are fools.

Demetrius is a fool because he is unaware that his love changes

through out the play. At the start of the play Demetrius does not love

Helena. (II ii,line 188) Demetrius says, "I love thee not, therefore

pursue me not." (II ii,line 194) "Hence, get thee gone, and follow me

no more." In III ii, Demetrius after being juiced begins to love

Helena. (III ii,line 169-173) Demetrius says, "Lysander, keep thy

Hermia; I will none. If e'er I loved her, all that love is gone. My

heart to her but as guest- wise sojourned, And now to Helen is it home

returned, There to remain." This proves he is a fool, because he is

not aware of his changing love for Helena.

Helena is a fool because Demetrius does not love her but she

still persists in chasing him. Demetrius shows no love for Helena.

(II i,line 227-228) Demetrius says, "I'll run from thee, and hide me

in the brakes, And leave thee to the mercy of wild beasts."

(II i,line 199-201) "Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair? Or rather

do I not in plainest truth Tell you I do not, nor I cannot love you?"

Demetrius clearly illustrates to Helena that he has no interest, but

Helena persists. (II i,line 202-204) Helena says, "And even for that

do I love you the more. I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius, The more

you beat me, I will fawn on you." (II i,line 220-222) "Your virtue is

my privilege. For that It is not night when I do see your face,

Therefore I think I am not in the night;" This proves that Helena is a

fool because Demetrius does not love her, but she still persists.

Lysander is a fool because he persuades Hermia to avoid death and

run away with him. Hermia must marry Demetrius or she will be put to

death. (I i,line 83-88) Theseus says, "Take time to pause, and, by the

next new moon- The sealing-day betwixt my love and me, For everlasting

bond fellowship- Upon that day either prepare to die For disobedience

to your father's will, Or else to wed Demetrius, as he would," Hermia

does not love Demetrius. (I i,line 140) Hermia says, "O hell! To

choose love by another's eyes." Hermia loves Lysander. (I i,line

150-155) "If then true lovers have been ever crossed, It ezds as an

edict in destiny. Then let us teach or trial patience, Because it is a

customary cross, As due to love, as thoughts and dreams and sighs,

Wishes and tears, poor fancy's followers." Lysander has an alternative

idea. (I i,line 157-159) Lysander says, "I have a widow aunt, a

dowager Of great revenue, and she hath no child; >From Athens is her

house remote seven leagues." (I i,line 164- 165) "Steal forth thy

father's house tomorrow night, And in the wood, a league without the

town." Lysander is a fool because he convinces Hermia to risk death

and run away with him.

Hermia is a fool because she risks death for love. Hermia is to

marry Demetrius, or be put to death. (I i,line 95-98) Egeus says,

"Scornful Lysander, true, he hath my love, And what is mine my love

shall render him. And she is mine, and all my right of her I do estate

unto Demetrius." Lysander suggests an idea. (I i,line 157-159)

Lysander says, "A good persuasion. Therefore her me, Hermia. I have a

aunt, a dowager Of great revenue, and she hath no child;" Hermia

agrees with the idea. (I i,line 168-169) Hermia says, "My good

Lysander, I swear to thee by Cupid's strongest bow," (I i,line 178)

"Tomorrow truly will I meet thee." Hermia is a fool because she is

risking death for the love of Lysander.

Therefore this proves, the four teenage lovers are fools. (VI i,

Theseus states) "Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, Such

shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever

comprehends." William Shakespeare's A Midsummers Night's Dream shows

how childishly foolish lovers can be.