A Midsummer Night’s Dream
In act two, scene one, Puck, who serves the Oberon, the Fairy King, explains that Oberon is going to be in the woods tonight and that the fairies should keep Titania, the Fairy Queen, away from Oberon. ‘The king doth keep his revels here tonight. Take heed the queen come within his sight.’ Puck tells Titania’s fairy that Oberon and Titania keep arguing about the ownership of a human boy. Oberon is jealous of the lovely boy. ‘And jealous Oberon would have the child. Knight of his train, to trace the forests wild.’ Oberon wants the boy to be in his group and fallow him around.
As the scene continues, Oberon and Titania meet in the forest and argue. Aside from their frustration with the Indian boy, they both discuss their jealousy of the royal Athenians. Titania teases Oberon that his once love, Hippolyta, is marrying the Duke, Theseus, to which Oberon rebuts with his claim that Titania loves Theseus, as well. Titania says that they haven’t seen each other since she got the boy. ‘And never, since the middle summer’s spring met we on hill, in dale, forest, or mead.’ She is also trying to explain that she and her fairies can’t find a place to meet without being distracted by him. She explains that their arguments have caused unseasonal weather, like floods in summer and roses in winter, and that everyone in the forest is upset because of their arguments. Titania recounts the story of the boy, very poetically illustrating her close friendship with his mother. Oberon asks her how long she plans to stay in the woods, to which she responds until Theseus's wedding day. The two bicker over the boy, once again, and Titania swears she will not give him up, ’Not for thy fairy kingdom’ and leaves Oberon alone with the scheming Puck.
This scene transports its viewers from Athens into the woods outside of the city, the dwelling place of Oberon, Titania, and their band of fairies. The scene opens with Puck going into the happy fairy world, where everyone...