Rationale: Aleeshia Harrison
My argument is that the way Helena is treated by Demetrius has caused her to have a mental block that made her blind to the way Demetrius treated her. I did some research to see if any other women have suffered from something like this and this is what I found. N
Many people who are in an abusive person or in love with someone who is abusive towards them actually believe that the abuser loves them. Even after the person leaves them they can still be infatuated with the person and believe it’s their fault the person left them. This is exactly like Helena's situation, she and Demetrius were together before he left her for Hermia. Shakespeare didn’t write about whether or not the relationship was abusive but that doesn’t affect what is happening with Helena, in Helena's mind she can still get back together with Demetrius. Even after he tells her numerous times that he wants nothing to do with her and even threatens her she will not leave him alone. Helena is in denial.
Some people might not characterize denial as a mental disorder because it is a natural defense mechanism of the body but if not gotten over it can lead to serious mental diseases. In psychology the understanding of denial comes from the psychodynamic theories made by Sigmund Freud. Denial is broken down into 3 parts, the id, ego and superego. The id is your basic survival instincts and the need to get what you want when you want it without any struggle. If people only had an id they would never want to experience pain, only pleasure and would get mad when anything happened that didn’t benefit them. The ego is your logical and rational thinking. The ego helps you see both the positive and negative sides of every situation and understand that you will have to struggle to get what you want sometimes. The superego is your sense of right and...