A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare
by Xenia Makridou
Here’s an extract from the play that we read in class the other day. Have you ever read/heard something that you completely identify with? Well, this is what happened to me.
‘Demetrius: I love thee not, therefore pursue me not. […] Hence, get thee gone, and follow me no more.
Helena: You draw me, you hard-hearted adamant! […]
Demetrius: Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair? Or rather do I not in plainest truth tell you I do not, nor I cannot love you?
Helena: And even for that do I love you the more. I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius, the more you beat me I will fawn on you. Use me but as your spaniel: spurn me, strike me, neglect me, lose me; only give me leave, unworthy as I am, to follow you. […]
Demetrius: […] For I am sick when I do look on thee.
Helena: And I am sick when I look not on you.
Demetrius: You do impeach your modesty too much, to leave the city and commit yourself into the hands of one that loves you not.’
Exaggerated and hyperbolic, indeed. But it’s Shakespeare – and you don’t mess with that. This was pretty much my situation about a week ago, in a lesser degree, thank God (haha). Funny thing is though, that in the end, Demetrius will understand that he loves Helena, and not Hermia.
I guess we’d have to wait and see if it’ll turn out the same in my situation, right? Maybe Shakespeare is a prophet along with being a poet and a playwright. Who knows?