The Role of the Fairies in A Midsummer Nights Dream

The Role of the Fairies in A Midsummer Nights Dream

Introduction

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In this assignment I will be exploring the role of the fairies in ‘A

Midsummer Nights Dream’. I will consider Elizabethan views about

fairies, how fairies are presented in the play and the significance of

the magical events.

Background

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Many Elizabethans had strong beliefs that fairies, goblins, and

sprites existed and came out at night to play tricks on innocent

people. It was believed they could make people go insane, give them

terrible nightmares, or even lure them into a devilish underworld.

Fairies were a part of everyday life in Elizabethan times.

The Fairy Setting

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The enchanted wood had circles of darker grass on lawns or meadows

caused by the outer edge of the under ground toadstool or mushroom

patch – they were believed to be formed by fairies dacing. Furthermore

the enchanted wood also had yellow wild flowers that bloomed in late

spring which were called Cowslips (at 10-15cm, they are not tall

except to a fairy).Titania’s bower in a leafy shelter and is her

sleeping place.

Summary Of Actions

Oberon is angry with Titania because she refuses to give him the

Indian boy she is raising they the go on to criticise each others,

after that Oberon says this disaster will end if she gives up the

Indian boy, but Titania refuses. Oberon thinks up a sneaky plan to get

the boy back. He sends Puck out to find a plant called

love-in-idleness, the juice of which makes any person love next

creature he or she sees.

Oberon takes his revenge on Titania by making her fall in love with

bottom who has an ass’s head.

Puck explains what he has done to Oberon, who is pleased with the way

his plan has turned out Everything seems perfect, until Demetrius and

Hermia walk past, Hermia believing Demetrius has harmed Lysander, who

has mysteriously disappeared. Oberon realizes that Puck has anointed

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