You see an ass’s head like yours, do you?... I see their game. This is to make an ass of me, to frighten me, if they can! But I won’t move from this place, however hard they try” (Act THREE Scene 1 line 106-111). This shows even though Bottom is foolish to not trust his mates, Oberon shouldn’t be so capricious to turn Bottom’s head into an ass when he barely knows him, just because he dislikes him.
Other examples are, when he makes Titania fall in love with Bottom, and when he tries to fix the problem Puck made. The most significant issue that Oberon caused was when he tried to make the lovers fall in love with each other. He trusted Puck and made him have the responsibility to put the love potion on Demetrius. However, Puck being Puck, he makes a mistake and puts it on Lysander instead. In Act 2 Scene 1, Oberon says to Puck, “A sweet Athenian lady is in love With a disdainful youth: anoint his eyes”(Line 260~265).
This line is told to someone that is hopelessly in love with someone that does not love them back. Helena responds with, “You draw me, you hardhearted adamant!” (Shakespeare, 2014, 2.1.195). Even with all the ways that Demetrius tells her that he does not love her, Helena still pursues him and tells him that the more he pulls away, the more she is drawn to him. Helena is hopelessly in love with Demetrius because he does not feel the same way about her that she does for him. By chance, Oberon overheard the two speaking and felt bad for Helena.
When Puck mistakes Lysander for Demetrius, he wakes up to Helena and falls in love. To try and fix the situation, Oberon puts the juice on Demetrius’s eyes and soon after wakes up to Helena. Puck is filled with joy as the entertainment of the four young lovers comes together: “Shall we their fond pageant see? /Lord what these mortals be!” (III.ii.114-115). It has been noted that Puck can be seen not only as a spectator of the play’s
Earlier in the play, Demetrius and Lysander were both in love with Hermia, but Lysander sought a more pleasant solution rather than fighting for Hermia. While Puck was acting out what Lysander would say, Demetrius still believed that it was Lysander. Lysander’s newfound love for Helena is making him act out, making him act more violent than he would on a regular basis. Throughout the play, Lysander shows no signs of violent tendencies, up until someone stands in the way of him and Helena. As a result of this, Lysander is losing his power to Helena.
Demetrius goes from loving Helena to hating her, and loving Hermia to loving Helena because of the influence of the love potion. Helena and Hermia used to have a platonic love, but because of Lysander and Demetrius loving Helena, not Hermia, they feel hatred towards each other. Puck 's confusion over who is Demetrius causes Lysander to fall in love with Helena. Oberon trying to fix Puck 's mistake causes Demetrius to love Helena, and Helena to be distressed. Using the love potion causes Hermia and Helena confusion.
Puck is a character recognizable by those who study mythology by his mischievous nature and tendency to play tricks on those unfortunate enough to slight him. These three incarnations of desire all play into the social standing of life at the time. Those in power had control, and felt threatened by anyone else who had any form of control or power to themselves. Sexual repression was quite common as well, and the idea of marrying for love wasn’t a well-used reason. And the chaos that goes on in the play, caused both by Puck and the rift in Oberon and Titania’s marriage, is what ensues when the natural order of things is changed.
Context After being enchanted by Oberon’s love potion, Titania is awoken by Bottom, who she then falls madly in love with. She starts swearing her to love to him, to which Bottom responds: Analysis A poetic irony - Shakespeare gives one of the most thoughtful lines in the play, to the least thoughtful of characters. Bottom says it all; sometimes there is no reason to justify true love. Often, when one’s mind becomes obstructed by love, most reason, logic and rationale goes away in order to fulfill that love. Therefore love really keeps little company to reason, and can become very foolish and filled with
William Shakespeare's play Othello uses irony to present the central message that reputation is not an accurate evaluation of one’s character, for manipulation is very prevalent throughout the plot. Varying types of irony are used as Othello, Emilia, and Desdemona all are not able to grasp reality with the information that is presented to them. Iago takes away what is truly occurring to improve his own standings while shattering others. Emilia was unaware of her husband's intention to sabotage as she exclaimed, “I tell you, it makes my husband so unhappy, you’d think it was his own cause”(Shakespeare 155). Furthermore, on a superficial level dramatic irony was used as Emelia was blind to Iago being the cause of the predicament.