A Midsummer Night's Dream

Demetrius and Helena

What caused Demetrius to act cruel to Helena? What does this reveal about his character ?

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Demetrius is not interested in Helena as she pursues him through the forest of Arden. Helena is begging to be taken back. Demetrius is rather cruel, telling Helena that he becomes sick when he looks at her. I suppose Demetrius looks like rather a jerk but Helena is incessantly badgering him.