A Midsummer Night's Dream Character Analysis Essay

1113 Words 5 Pages
Shakespeare needed a character to give his comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a chance to really thrive. The character Oberon is the king of the fairies. The play does not exactly give the readers an exact image on how Oberon looks like, but based off of drawings and movies of A Midsummer Night’s Dream he is portrayed as a handsome womanizer. Oberon has two sides to his character. One side of him shows that he cares about others and wants them to live happily on. The other side of him shows that he is a selfish jerk who seems to become jealous quite frequently and likes to get a kick out of instigating chaos. His actions, the way he thinks, and how he talks to other characters show us that he is a great asset to the entire plot of the play. In the beginning, Oberon meets with his queen Titania. Through his actions he shows that he wants to get revenge from Titania, because she refused to give him the indian boy that she acquired by sending Puck, his servant, to retrieve the flower called love-in-idleness. Oberon explains when, “[t]he juice of it on sleeping eyelids …show more content…
Judging by what Titania said to him when they first meet in the play, “What, jealous Oberon? Fairies, skip hence . I have forsworn his bed and company,” (2.1.64-65) Oberon uses his words against Titania out of jealousy because she is not giving him enough attention even though what he accuses her of doing is not true, “Knowing I know thy love to Theseus? Didst not thou lead him through the glimmering night from Perigouna, whom he ravished, and make him with fair Aegles break his faith, with Ariadne and Antiopa?” (2.1.79-84). Oberon accuses her of loving Theseus while he has many affairs with different women. On the other hand, in a different passage he conveys how much he cares for the Athenian couples to come together and to love the right people as he fixes a mistake that Puck created when he put the juice of the flower on the wrong Athenian

Related Documents