Karma Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s D

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Karma In Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream there are dangerous accounts of unfaithfulness that leads to many unexpected turn of events. In the beginning some could say that Demetrius is put in a tough situation. Although he loves Hermia, fair Hermia is in love with Lysander. Then there is poor Helena, she is passionately in love with Demetrius. Unfortunately for her, Demetrius doesn't feel the same. He is trying to tell Helena he doesn't love her by saying in the "plainest truth" I don't "love you" (2.1.200-1). But as the story moves along their true colors are revealed and it is evident they are not loyal to each other at all. Regardless of who you are, it is apparent we always want what we can't have.

"All passions make us commit faults, but love makes us commit the most ridicules ones" (La Rochefoucauld). Whether we are committing faults or completely blinded by it, we all go through the various stages of love.

Think of it as the passion roller coaster. This is where we can see our true character traits revealed. The women show their character traits by revealing deep sensual feeling for their men regardless of how they are treated. Helena can be treated like a "spaniel" (2.1.203), but the more Demetrius rejects her the more she wants him. They also demonstrate much hatred and jealousy towards each other. Helena shows envy and so much resentment towards Hermia, but in the same breath she wants to be just like her to catch the eye of her lover Demetrius. These women have such a lack of independence and a strong sense of being very naïve and immature.

As we find ourselves maneuvering through the stages of love, what we thought we loved once tends to...