Oh What Fools Theses Mortals Be

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Throughout time men have tried to solve the mystery of love. Shakespeare has taken all of their attempts and put it all in a nut shell with the character Puck saying "Oh what fools these mortals be". The jealousy between two friends over a man, to men fighting over the heart of one woman and a controlling father. "Oh what fools these mortals be!" A midsummer night's dream illustrates this by displaying the havoc caused by puck then the human's own foolishness.

When two bestfriends; Helena and Hermia, are captured in a sever love triangle, one is bound to be hurt. The story goes Hermia loves Lysander, Demitrus loves Hermia and Helena loves Demitrus. It is no doubt that jealousy will bear its ugly head. This is an example of how foolish mortals can be. We fight, bicker and end the strongest of friendships' all in the name of love.

Hermia is betrothed to Demitrus, even thought she doesn't love him and this is what sparks the jealousy between Hermia and Helena. When Hermia tells Helena of her plans to run to Athens to marry Lysander, her emotions get the better of her and hoping that by telling Demitrus that he will love her, she tells him and its another example of how foolish mortals can be.

The first scene of the play involves Lysander, Demitrus, Hermia, Egeus and Thesus. This involves the war between Lysander and Demitrus for Hermias heart. Even thought she loves Lysander she is being forced to marry Demitrus. These two men soon become enemies involved in a bitter war for the love of Hermia, where as Lysander has her heart, Demitrus is determined to get her love. When he learns that Hermia and Lysander have stolen away to Athens to marry, he...