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Helena by Mind Map: Helena

1. In this quote, Helena points out that even though her actions of pursuing instead of being pursued are socially unacceptable she doesn't care."Ay, in the temple, in the town, the field, You do me mischief. Fie, Demetrius! Your wrongs do set a scandal on my sex. We cannot fight for love, as men may do. We should be wooed and were not made to woo."

2. In this quote, Helena is complaining about the irrational nature of love. She is lamenting because though she is just as beautiful as Hermia, her beloved Demetrius still pursues Hermia. She also admits to being blind to Demetrius' bad qualities and painting them as desirable things to have. "Through Athens, I am thought as fair as she. But what of that? Demetrius thinks not so. He will not know what all but he does know. And as he errs, doting on Hermia’s eyes, So I, admiring of his qualities. Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind."

3. Helena's role in the play is like a lovesick puppy. She refuses to accept the fact that Demtrius doesn't love her and is constantly pursuing him, to the extent where she will intentionally put herself into danger just to see him.

4. She represents the idea that love is blind and that when in love, we tend to forget about deep running traits and looking with the mind and instead focus on surface trinkets and look with the eyes like children. We learn that love is blind and illogical and often doesnt make sense. The play explains that when in love, we turn into fickle and irrational creatures.

5. " When truth kills truth, O devilish holy fray!" In this quote, Helena is shaming Lysander for leaving Hermia. Due to the love potion placed on his eyelids, Lysander is tied up with pursuing Helena which offends and disgusts her

6. In Shakespeare's world women were beaten, disrespected and controlled solely by men. Daughters were fully expected to obey her father and marry whoever he arranged. The penalty for disobedience was death. Sexism was present and classified as normal in his time.

7. When she goes against what is expected of her and chases after Demetrius, she is challenging the boundaries of her gender. This contradicts the ongoing theme in the play about men's superiority and control over women. Just like activists in modern day, Shakespeare is gently encouraging women to take a stand and dare to bend the rules