William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream displays just how easily emotions can influence our perceptions of the world around us. Our emotions act as a filter on the world around us. Love and anger both allow a person to make harsh and irrational decisions, while excitement might make a person act in the moment. The emotions a person feels, morph the way a person will react to situations. This is displayed in many scenarios in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. One of these scenarios is when Helena tells Demetrius about Hermia and Lysander’s plan to run away. Hermia says “For ere Demtrius look’d on Hermia’s eyne/He hail’d down oaths taht he was only mine […]I will go tell him of fair Hermia’s flight: […] But herin mean I to enrich my pain/to have his sight thither and back again”(1.1. 242-250). Helena is angry at the fact that Demetrius doesn’t love her and is sad because before he saw Hermia, he said that he loved Helena. She simply just wants love and is willing to go to desperate measure for it, even if it means telling her best friends secret. Due to the decision her harsh emotions manipulated her to make she caused some trouble between the four lovers.
Another example is when Egeus says “As she is mine, I may dispose of her/Which shall either be to this gentle man/ Or to her death, according to our law/ Immediately provided in that case”(1.1. 42-45). Egeus is frustrated and angry that Hermia does not want to marry Demetrius, the man that Egeus wants her to marry. Instead Hermia wants to marry Lysander and Egeus does not agree to this. Through the frustration and anger, he brings this situation up to Theseus. He resorts back to an ancient law to try to get his daughter to follow his orders. He is desperate enough to threaten to either kill her or make her become a nun. A father would most likely not do this unless a wave of emotions hits them. These emotions placed a filter on Egeus to see that Demetrius was good and Lysander was bad.
These examples show just how extreme your emotions can be and how they can cause a person to do things they don’t necessarily mean.