Helena is a very complex character. I do not know if I admire her persistence or fault her for it. In a modern day setting, she can be seen as the girl next door waiting for the one she loves to finally notice her or she can be viewed as a desperate lovesick girl who is willing to do anything to get what she wants. I see both of these sides in her. Helena’s soliloquy at the end of Act One, scene one shows the soft, innocent side of her. I can picture a contemporary Helena sitting her room, probably listening to Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” when she says “Through Athens I am thought as fair as she./ But what of that? Demetrius thinks not so./ He will not know what all but he do know./ And as he errs, doting on Hermia’s eyes,/ So I, admiring of his qualities./ Things base and vile, holding no quantity,/ Love can transpose to form and dignity,/ love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,” (Shakespeare 854.227-234). Any teenager can relate to Helena because she is just as pretty as Hermia, yet Demetrius refuses to notice her and her love for him faults and all. However, on the other hand, Helena acts like a borderline stalker. Demetrius clearly tells her “I love thee not, therefore pursue me not” (860.188). She acts like she does not even hear him. There is such a thing as having self-respect and knowing when to walk away. When someone does not love another, one cannot force love upon the other. This situation calls for moving on with life. Helena, instead, continues to follow him. She shamelessly throws herself at him. She tells him in the woods, “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” (861.203-206). Helena will eventually have to make a choice. If Demetrius continues to ignore her, how much longer will Helena waste her energy on a man that clearly does not love her?