How do our emotions influence our perceptions of the world around us?Consider these ideas: How do we act when we’re in love / angry/ecstatic? How do we see the world differently in these states?
in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare’s, we see that our emotions have many different effects on people, causing our behaviour to alter depending on the emotion being portrayed. It can affect story character’s judgement, worldview and perceptions. A very good example of this where our emotions take over from the book was when Helena tells Demetrius about Hermia and Lysander’s plan to run away from Athens. “I will go tell him of fair Hermia’s flight” (1, 1, 246) and “Then to the woods will he to-morrow night” (1, 1, 247). Helena spoke out because she wanted to get some affection from Demetrius but sadly, she ended up betraying her best friend, Hermia just so she can win over Demetrius’s heart, She was in a very selfish state of mind, doing anything that must be done for love and one that she probably wouldn’t have made if her emotions weren’t clouding her judgement. Another example is when Lysander and Hermia decide to run away. They believe that running away will make them happy and solve all of their problems. However, love seems to be blinding them: There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee; / And to that place, the sharp Athenian law / Cannot pursue us.” (1.1.161-162). Although Lysander states that the Athenian law cannot pursue them there, love and affection are blocking them from the fact that Athens will be off limits as they would never be able to return for they are criminals. Their eagerness to get married ignores the case where their love for one another may not make them happy at all.
As we can see from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, emotions can have a huge impact on the way we look at the world. Under the influence of emotions, people begin to do unthinkable actions and start to drift away from reality. It is ideal to learn how to control our emotions when they take control as it can have an effect on our own lives, the lives of others, and the world around us.