The Role of the Fairies in A Midsummer Nights Dream
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.
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
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
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