Themes are central to understanding A Midsummer Night's Dream as a play and identifying Shakespeare's social and political commentary.
At times, he can be a compassionate and benevolent softie. Why do we think so?
Because he feels so sorry for Helena that he uses his magic to help her land Demetrius, and he also goes out of his way to make sure that each of the young Athenian lovers is paired up with a suitable partner. Even though Oberon eventually takes pity on Titania, he only reverses the spell after he gets his way.
Either way you read Oberon, one thing is clear: We also learn that Oberon had a thing with a country girl named Phillida and even went so far as to disguise himself as a shepherd so he could hook up with her 2. Oberon seems to pursue romance as if it were a favorite sport or hobby, which tells us that he like Theseus has a thing for making conquests out of women.
Like we said, when Titania refuses, Oberon breaks out all the stops until he gets his way. Well, Oberon never comes out and tells us what motivates his desire for the little boy, but we can look closely at the text for some possible answers. According to Puck, Oberon is jealous because Titania spends all her time lavishing the kid with her attention and ignores Oberon: And jealous Oberon would have the child Knight of his train, to trace the forests wild.
But she perforce withholds the loved boy, Crowns him with flowers and makes him all her joy 2. Puck tells us that he wants the boy to be his servant, which may be a way for him to demonstrate his power over Titania.
At one point, Oberon calls Titania a "rash wanton" and asks "Am not I thy lord? Oberon and Power We also know that Oberon and Titania have been clashing a lot and that their big "brawls" have been very destructive. Why does this matter?A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare homepage | Midsummer Night's Dream | Entire play ACT I SCENE I.
Athens. The palace of THESEUS. By him imprinted and within his power To leave the figure or disfigure it.
Demetrius is a worthy gentleman. HERMIA 'A tedious brief scene of young Pyramus And his love Thisbe; very tragical mirth.' Merry. A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare homepage | Midsummer Night's Dream | Entire play ACT I SCENE I.
Athens. The palace of THESEUS. By him imprinted and within his power To leave the figure or disfigure it. Demetrius is a worthy gentleman. HERMIA 'A tedious brief scene of young Pyramus And his love Thisbe; very tragical mirth.' Merry.
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. Home / Literature / A Midsummer Night's Dream / Characters / Oberon and Power. this matter? Well, King Oberon and Queen Titania's negative impact on the natural world gestures at the realities of power in the 16th century. In Shakespeare's day, rulers may not have been able to control or.
However, A "Midsummer Night’s Dream" is actually a written piece on the importance of fertility, not love. Shakespeare’s ideas about love are represented by the powerless young lovers, by the meddling faeries and their magical love, and by forced love as opposed to chosen love.
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