Midsummer Night's Dream Scene Analysis

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Based on the extract from Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, this particular scene took place in the woods at the outskirts of Athens. This scene shows the conversation between Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the Fairies. Oberon is insistent about Titania giving over the little changeling Indian boy to him which she refuses strongly. This results in Oberon being vexed and orders Puck to fetch him the love juice and pour it into Titania’s eyes while she is sleeping out of spite. Prior to this scene, we witness the conversation between Puck and the fairies, the latter being warned regarding the possible conflict between Oberon and Titania. The scene ends with Puck commencing his journey to find the flower. In this scene, the playwright portrays the ideas about lovers and their obsessions through language and action. Shakespeare shows in this extract that men are obsessed with their power and high status and believes that women should abide by their orders without question. This is a very patriarchal way of thinking which mirrors the era of the Elizabethan time. Shakespeare uses language to portray Oberon is obsessed with his power over Titania, which was seen in his incredulous tone in the phrase, “Why should Titania cross her Oberon? “. This phrase emphasizes that Titania is his and because of that fact, she should automatically give in to his desires. In Oberon’s opinion, the fact that Titania was resisting is
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