A Midsummer Nights Dream — страница 2

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Helena)Hermia takes this insult as though it is the reason that Lysander doesn’t love her anymore. "Her height, forsooth, she hath prevailed with him." (Act 3, Scene 2, Line 293, Hermia)She goes on to call Helena a "painted maypole" and is obviously very worked up and angry. "And with her personage, her tall personage," (Act 3, Scene 2, Line 292, Hermia)Helena is afraid of what Hermia might do to her, and Hermia is not short of threats in her vicious mood. "How low am I? I am not yet so low, But that my nails can reach unto thine eyes." (Act 3, Scene 2, Lines 297 – 298, Hermia)Helena does not want to fall out and does not understand why their past was so quickly forgotten. "Good Hermia, do not be so bitter with me. I evermore did

love you Hermia, Did ever keep your counsels, never wronged you " (Act 3, Scene 2, Lines 306 – 308, Helena)Hermia, however, feels hard done by. She feels that Helena has caused her true love to turn against her, and if Helena disappeared, everything would be fine. "Why, get you gone. Who is’t that hinders you?" (Act 3, Scene 2, Line 317, Hermia)Helena also has the solution of running away, but can’t as she foolishly still loves Demetrius.Helena and Hermia’s relationship has changed completely, entirely because of the effect of the love potion on Lysander and Demetrius. The friendship shown before the argument contrasts greatly to the hostility afterwards. The change has been for the worse, completely destroying the women’s trust in each other, and all

because of a fight between two men, caused by a mischievous spirit.