Monday, March 2, 2020
Oberon and Titania Character Analysis
Oberon and Titania Character Analysis The Oberon and Titania characters play an essential role in A Midsummer Nights Dream. Here, we take an in-depth look at eachÃ character so we can better understand what makes them tick as a couple. Oberon Oberon is angry with Titania as she is spending all her time with a changeling boy and will not give him over to Oberon to be used as a henchman. He could be considered to be quite spiteful in exacting his revenge upon her: Ã¢â¬Å"Well, go thy way. Thou shalt not from this grove/Till I torment thee for this injuryÃ¢â¬ (Act 2 Scene 1, Line 146-147). Titania accuses Oberon of being jealous: Ã¢â¬Å"These are the forgeries of jealousyÃ¢â¬ (Act 2 Scene 1, Line 81). Oberon is powerful but Titania appears to be just as headstrong, and they seem equally matched. We know they have had a good relationship up until now, as he and Titania would Ã¢â¬Å"dance our ringlets to the whistling windÃ¢â¬ (Act 2 Scene 1 Line 86). Oberon asks Puck to get the juice from a herb he once showed him and anoint the eyes of Titania with it so that she falls in love with something ridiculous. Oberon is angry with his queen for disobeying him and exacts a kind of revenge, but it is quite harmless and humorous in its intent. He loves her and wants to have her all to himself again. Consequently, Titania falls in love with Bottom with an AssÃ¢â¬â¢ head stuck on his. Oberon eventually feels guilty about this and reverses the magic which demonstrates his mercy: Ã¢â¬Å"Her dotage now I do begin to pityÃ¢â¬ (Act 3 Scene 3, Line 46). Oberon also shows compassion when he sees Helena being scorned by Demetrius and orders Puck to anoint his eyes with the potion so that Helena can be loved: Ã¢â¬Å"A sweet Athenian lady is in loveWith a disdainful youth: anoint his eyes;But do it when the next thing he espiesMay be the lady: thou shalt know the manBy the Athenian garments he hath on.Effect it with some care, that he may proveMore fond of her than she upon her loveÃ¢â¬ (Act 2 Scene 1, Line261-266).Ã¢â¬â¹ Unfortunately, Puck gets things wrong, but OberonÃ¢â¬â¢s intentions are good, and he is ultimately responsible for everyoneÃ¢â¬â¢s happiness at the end of the play. Titania Titania is principled and strong enough to stand up to her husband (in a similar way to Hermia standing up to Egeus). She has made a promise to look after the little Indian boy and doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t want to break it: Ã¢â¬Å"Not for thy fairy kingdom. Fairies away!/We shall chide downright, if I longer stayÃ¢â¬ (Act 1 Scene 2, Line 144-145). Unfortunately, Titania is made to look foolish by her jealous husband and is made to fall in love with the ridiculous Bottom with an assÃ¢â¬â¢ head: Ã¢â¬Å"Thou art wise as thou art beautifulÃ¢â¬ (Act 3 Scene 1, Line 140). She is very attentive to Bottom and proves herself to be a kind and forgiving lover: Be kind and courteous to this gentleman.Hop in his walks and gambol in his eyes;Feed him with apricots and dewberries,With purple grapes, green figs, and mulberries;The honeybags steal from the humble-bees,And for night tapers crop their waxen thighsAnd light them at the fiery glow-worms eyesTo have my love to bed, and to arise;And pluck the wings from painted butterfliesTo fan moonbeams from his sleeping eyes.Nod to him, elves and do him courtesies (Act 3 Scene 1, Line 156-166). As Titania is intoxicated with the love potion, she gives the changeling boy to Oberon, and he gets his way. He then takes pity on her and undoes the magic. Together Oberon and Titania are the only couple in the play who have been married for a while. The other couples are just starting with all the passion and excitement a new relationship brings. Oberon and Titania represent an older, more weathered relationship. They have possibly taken each other for granted and when the love potion is removed, and Titania realizes that she has been doting and fawning over an ass, she is made to realize that, perhaps, she has neglected her husband somewhat and this will renew their passion: Ã¢â¬Å"Now thou and I are new in amityÃ¢â¬ (Act 4 Scene 1, Line 86).