A Midsummer's Nights Dream by William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare wrote a midsummer's night dream in 1595. He wrote
this comedy to celebrate the marriage of a noble man. An important
guest at the wedding was Elizabeth 1st.
The play describes the adventures of two sets of lovers as they pass
through the forest outside Athens, they are misused by immortals
Oberon the fairy king and puck his messenger. To get revenge on his
wife Titania, Oberon misuses Bottom a labourer. The love tangles are
all resolved at the end of the play when love rules all end married
Shakespeare wishes his audience to enjoy the falling in and out of
love of the characters. His message is that true love never runs
smoothly. The theme of love is involved with all of the characters
from the quarrel of Oberon and Titania, to the play Pyramus and Thisbe
performed by the labourers for the wedding celebrations of Theseus and
Hippolyta. Oberon has power over all the elements. He can change
weather and seasons.
"These are the forgeries of jealousyâ€¦
But with thy brawls thou hast disturbed our sportâ€¦
The seasons alterâ€¦
The spring, the summer, the childing autumn, angry winter, changeâ€¦"
This speech of titanias shows us that the seasons and all the growth
of nature are changed because of their jealousy arguments and
disagreements. This is because Oberon and Titania are king and queen
of immortals and have control over them and all nature. Their argument
causes evil to occur. Later in the play when they are reconciled they
bring blessing to the mortal world.
He therefore decided to teach his wife a lesson when she refuses to
give him "the little Indian boy". Puck is told to bring back a flower
love-in-idleness, the juice of this shows no pity for his wife when
she wakes and falls in love with bottom. Though hideous with the head
of an ass fixed upon his shoulders she thinks of him.
"What angel wakes me from my bed?"
Titania wakes up with the juice controlling her, she has no choice
over what she is about to do. The man she loves and adores is filthy
and disgusting he also has an ass's head on his shoulders, but she
still calls him an angel. Her husband must be some sad person to allow
this to carry on. It seems odd that anyone would allow this to carry
on seen as they are married, its also very unkind that Oberon allows
his wife to find someone...