Love is inconstant and even likened to war because it can cause jealousy between each other, it turns us into selfish people and it can overpower one’s mind. All these statements can lead a person to act violently as shown in Shakespeare’s book, AMNSD.
Being in love can cause jealousy which can lead to the likeliness of war between one another. In the book, Helena is extremely jealous of Hermia because she loves Demetrius but Demetrius loves Hermia. In Act 1, Helena reveals that she’s jealous of Hermia because Demetrius, her would-be fiancé, is in love with her friend instead. However, Hermia has eyes only for Lysander. Still, Helena wants to know what Hermia has that she doesn’t: “Helena: O teach me how you look, and with what art You sway the motion of Demetrius’ heart.” (Act 1, Scene 1, Page 8). Hermia responds that she’s done her best to get rid of him. Helena pouts: ” Helena: O that your frowns would teach my smiles such skill! /O that my prayers could such affection move!” (Act 1, Scene 1, Page 8). When Hermia insists that it’s not her fault, Helena grumbles: “Helena: None but your beauty; would that fault were mine!” (Act 1, Scene 1, Page 8). This caused a lot of tension and conflict between the 2 characters. However, in act 3, the tables turn. Once Puck has put the love potion on Demetrius and Lysander, they both fall in love with Helena. Helena is angry at both of them because she thinks they’re mocking her. That’s not how Hermia sees it. When she sees the three of them together, she’s baffled at first, and tries to reason with Lysander. When that fails, she turns on Helena and says: “Hermia: O me, you juggler, you canker-blossom, You thief of love! What, have you come by night and stolen my love’s heart from him?” Helena dismisses even the possibility of this as ridiculous. By the end of this scene, they both end fighting and throwing each other in a mud puddle. This clearly shows that jealousy is truly one way which can ruin the whole idea true love and even close friendships.
Love is really an obstacle which turns us into an extremely foolish and ignorant people. In the book, AMNSD, Demetrius is a very ignorant and selfish person in the beginning. Even though Helena loves him, his heart is only focused on Hermia. Demetrius puts Helena to shame and tells her that they could never be together just because he loves Hermia. In Act 2, scene 1, Helena has followed Demetrius into the woods to try to win him back. Instead of acting like a gentleman, Demetrius shows the readers how mean he is to Helena by telling her that he’s leaving her to be attacked by the wild beasts in the forest. “Demetrius: I’ll run from thee and hide me in the brakes / And leave thee to the mercy of wild beasts.” (Act 2, Scene 1). In Act 1, Scene 1 Helena wants to see Demetrius, even though her hates her. In love, Helena shows complete foolishness and lack of judgment regarding who she gives her affection to. “Helena:
But herein mean me to enrich my pain, /To have his sight thither and back again. (Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 256-257). This shows
The pursuit and trial of love can be blinding and overpowering to one’s mind which can even lead a person to violence if anything gets in the way of their love. When Puck puts the love potion, Lysander is deeply in love with Helena and becomes blind and egoistic towards Hermia. He tells Hermia with no explanation that he is no longer in love with her and that his only love is for Helena.
“LYSANDER: Hang off, thou cat, thou burr! Vile thing, let loose, Or I will shake thee from me like a serpent.HERMIA: Why are you grown so rude? What change is this, Sweet love?LYSANDER: Thy love? Out, tawny Tartar, out!Out, loathèd med’cine! O hated potion, hence!”(Act 3, Scene 2, Lines 270-275)
Once Lysander falls in love with Helena and not with Hermia, because of Oberon’s love juice, his former love for Hermia turned to hate rather than apathy. This hate towards Hermia and love for Helena causes him to act very irrational, resulting in violence.