Theme Of Power And Control In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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A king’s obligation is to those who have confidence in him and follow him and to watch over them as if they are apart of his own family and protect them through selfless actions at any cost, as the citizens are the main priority. However, in Williams Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, the king of fairies Oberon is a man who desires power and control but also struggles with the choice of right and wrong. This is explored through his urge to control and manipulate the people around him, his acts of selfishness and his desire to help out those in need of assistance. Oberon always chose to manipulate and control others to do as he wished in his thirst for power. This king had been obsessed with taking the changeling from Titania …show more content…
Oberon and Titania’s fights, which allowed him to change the landscape of the human world, usually resulted in the devastation of their land and resources. Oberon’s anger further created unpleasant conditions as Titania stated that “The winds, piping to us in vain, as in revenge have sucked up from the sea. Contagious frogs which, falling in the land hath every pelting river made so proud that they have overborne their continents….” (2.1.88-92). Furthermore, the seasons got turned upside down as it became cold and icy in spring; however flowers were also growing, which created a dilemma for the humans. Oberon focused on obtaining power, although he never tried to control it. The main reason that Oberon wanted to take the changeling was that he got jealous of the attention that Titania gave him. Oberon’s plan was to take the child and use the changeling for his own narcissistic needs. The boy would become a henchman for him and attend to all his needs; however he would not yield the same recognition and authority as Puck. At that moment when he planned to deceive Titania, he did not care for her well being considering he uttered the words, “Love and languish for his sake. Be it ounce, or cat or bear, pard or boar with bristled hair, in thy eye that shall appear when thou wak’st, it is thy dear. Wake when some vile thing is near.” (2.2.35-40) while he put the charm on her. Oberon never …show more content…
When Oberon discovered that Puck had put a charm on the wrong Athenian man, he immediately ordered Puck to fix his mistakes, so that Hermia and Lysander would end up together. As much as Puck tried to persuade him that this mistake was fate, Oberon did not become convinced. He replied to him saying “What hast thou done? Thou hast mistaken quite and laid the love juice on some true love’s sight. Of thy misprision must perforce ensue some true love turned, and not a false turned true.” (3.2.88-91). He had a strong belief that couples who were in love like them, deserved to be together. True love was rare due to all the misogyny in the Elizabethan era, although Lysander was a man who respected Hermia no matter what. Oberon also had Helena and Demetrius’ best interest in mind when he got them together. Despite of his actions, his intentions served the purpose to help benefit the both of them. He saw Helena’s never-ending love for Demetrius and came to the conclusion that Demetrius just needed to open up his heart to her. They were capable of obtaining a relationship that resembled that of Lysander and Hermia’s. After Oberon had put a charm on Titania, he showed some remorse and eventually took the charm off of her. The changeling was still not in his possession; however his feelings for Titania swayed his judgment and he went against his original plan after he

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