AMND According to AMND people are fools when they are blinded by love. Puck says, "O what fools these mortals be", because they are willing to do anything, even act stupid, to try and win someone's love. Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, and Helena are caught up in love, making their actions and talk seem foolish to us.
Lysander is a fool because even though he gets Hermia in the end, he is blinded by all the risks around him, and asks Hermia to run away from death and elope with him. If she doesn't marry Demetrius, she will be put to death. Theseus says to her, "Upon that day either prepare to die for disobedience to your father's will, Or else to wed Demetrius, as he would," but Hermia does not know which way to take because she truly does not love Demetrius, and wants to be happy. So Lysander gets an idea, on how they can get married.
He says, "I have a widow aunt, a dowager of great revenue, and she hath no child; From Athens is her house remote seven leagues." This way they can get away from Athens and get married with his aunt. The ideas of Lysander make him a fool because he is risking Hermia's life, so she can run away with him.
Hermia is a fool because she risks her life because her love is making her love is making blind, even though they end up together in the end, these are some foolish acts to go though. If she doesn't marry Demetrius, she is to die. Egeus says," Scornful Lysander, true, he hath my love, and what is mine my love shall render him. And she is mine, and all my right of her I do estate unto Demetrius." So after Lysander and Hermia hear of this, they think of the idea to get married with Lysander's widowed aunt. Hermia says," Tomorrow truly will I meet thee." Therefore, Hermia's agreement with Lysander to run away and risk her life for Lysander makes her a fool.
Demetrius is a fool because he is not sure who he is in love with. At the beginning, he wants to marry Hermia and won't give Helena a chance. He says," Hence, get thee gone, and follow me no more." After Demetrius has had the pollen put in his eyes by Puck, his love changes. Now he says, "Lysander, keep thy HermiaÃ¢ÂÂ¦And now to Helena is it home returned, there to remain." This just shows his foolishness, because of his undying love for one girl can shift so quickly to another.
Helena is a fool because she won't leave Demetrius alone after he has told her over and over how much he does not love her." 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?" That plainly states I DO NOT LIKE YOU! She still insists that even though he doesn't like her, it just makes her like him more. Now this is a fool, pursuing someone with no interest in you.
I know that when it comes to love, you can do some pretty weird things. Though I have not done too many dumb things for the person I like, one thing comes to mind that happened recently. My girlfriend kept saying how she wanted this Build-a-Bear thing, so being the nice guy I am, I got it for her Birthday. I have never seen anything so pointless and expensive to buy in my life. I could have gotten her so many other nicer things, but no she wanted that dumb bare. And the worst thing is, I had to kiss this small fabric heart, in front of the whole store, before they put it into the bear. Well I know that my example isn't as drastic as the foolish acts of Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, and Helena, but I can relate to doing dumb and foolish stuff for a girlfriend.