THE IMPORTANCE OF OBERON TO THE PLOT
In the play, Oberon brings all the characters from different worlds into contact with each other. This results in the complications and collisions that occur between various characters throughout the play.
“Magic” has an effect on all the complications and collisions. Magic is misused and then used to correct situations. There is drama caused between the young lovers initially, when Hermia loves Lysander, Lysander loves Hermia, Demetrius loves Hermia, Helena loves Demetrius, but no one loves Helena. Through this short, complicated ‘love story’, arguments and fights occur.
The fairy world then comes into contact with the world of the young lovers. Mischievous Puck causes further complications when he uses magic to anoint a young Athenian male’s eyes, who is in fact the wrong Athenian that Oberon assigned Puck. Puck misuses magic when he plays a silly prank on Bottom who is one of the Mechanicals, by giving Bottom a head of an ass. Strangely Titania falls in love with the creature that Puck has created. This results in Oberon becoming extreamly furious with Puck. After anointing the wrong Athenian’s eyes, which was Lysander, Lysander then falls in love with Helena, who is in love with Demetrius and forgets about Hermia who he initially was in love with. Demetrius sees this as an opportunity to try his luck with Hermia. This causes an argument between Demetrius and Hermia, as Hermia is in love with Lysander.
Oberon later corrects the mistake by enchanting Demetrius, so that he will then fall in love with Helena. This results in both Lysander and Demetrius being in love with Helena.
Oberon beholds the main sources of magic throughout the Fairy World.
Titania and Oberon quarrel. Oberon is angry with Titania as she is spending all of her time with a changeling boy that she found and refuses to hand him over to Oberon to be used...