William Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream Essay

1113 Words Dec 14th, 2015 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 laid will make or man or woman madly dote upon the next living creature that it sees,” (2.1.177-179). He plans to squeeze the nectar out of the flower and onto the eyelids of Titania as she sleeps. Then Oberon wants to make a fool out of Titania by having her wake up as a monster walks by so that she will fall madly in love with him. These actions explain to us that Oberon is selfish and unwilling to adhere to…

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