She only sees the worthy things in Demetrius and not how horrible he is to her.
In the following speech, which uses the technique stichomythia, we understand how strong Demetrius’ feelings are for Hermia, ‘I frown upon him; yet he loves me still. ‘ The nicer she is to Demetrius, the nastier he is to her, thus it is obvious love is not running smoothly for Helena.
‘ Hermia is horrible to Demetrius yet he is still besotted with her; she explains that no matter how much she ignores him he still loves her. In Helena’s soliloquy she reveals her feelings for Demetrius. When she finds out about Hermia and Lysander’s plan to run away together she states, ‘I will go tell him of fair Hermia’s flight.
Sadly it is evident that her feelings did not change.
The whole soliloquy is ironic because he hates her, yet she still loves him.
Oberon hints to the audience that he will get revenge on Titania in some way. Thou shalt not from this grove / Till I torment thee for this injury.
‘ This shows his anger because Titania will not give him the boy.
We find out that Demetrius used to be in love with Helena, ‘So he dissolved and showers of oaths did melt.
‘ She is saying metaphorically that when he met Hermia all his feelings for Helena disappeared.
As we are now in the woods we are introduced to the fairies, in particular Titania and Oberon who are the king and queen of the fairies.
The fairies were considered ‘bad’ spirits and people believed that they could curdle milk in a bowl, make fruit rot on trees, change the weather and many other things too.