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 wit…