In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, we see how emotions influence our perceptions of the world around us. Emotion is defined as, “an instinctive state of mind, deriving of one’s circumstance, mood, or relationship with others”. Based on the emotion, people instinctively act, whether its rash, beneficial, or hurtful. In the book, Helena is so in love with Demetrius and desperate to get love back from him, that she ignores all the dangers of going into the woods at night with someone who doesn’t appreciate her affection. Her emotions are blinding all the risks. Demetrius says to her, “You do impeach your modesty too much, to leave the city and commit yourself into the hands of one that loves you not; to trust the opportunity of night/with the rich worth of your virginity”, warning her of what someone like himself can do to her with the cover of night and with no heart that loves her (2.1.215-220). Another form of selfish acts is jealousy. Fairy king Oberon wants the changeling for himself as his henchman. He states, “I’ll watch Titania when she is asleep/the next thing she waking looks upon/she shall pursue it with the soul of love: and ere I take this charm from off her sight/I’ll make her render up her page to me” (2.1.180-185). With the power of love-in-idleness, Oberon decides to put his queen, Titania under a love spell so that he would have the chance to take the changeling off her possession. Because of his desire to have the changeling, he is willing to put a love spell on his lover and partner in order to have what he wants. From this book, we understand how we act based on what perception of the world is going through our mind from our emotions.