Shakespeare's Queen Titania: Traits & Analysis

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  • 0:00 Character Traits
  • 0:32 A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • 1:27 Roles of Fairies
  • 1:46 Titania and Bottom
  • 2:52 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Debbie Notari
In Shakespeare's play ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'', we are introduced to a character, Titania, who opposes her husband, Oberon. In this lesson, we will learn more about this intriguing Queen of the Fairies.

Character Traits

Queen Titania is a portrayal of a strong woman, howbeit fairy, in A Midsummer Night's Dream. She is attended to by many other fairies and seems to be completely in charge of her life. However, she clashes with her husband, Oberon, King of the Fairies, who is definitely just as strong-minded as she is. Although Shakespeare created Titania from his own imagination, there is a possibility that he got the idea from the goddess Diana and her fairy attendants.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Queen Titania reveals a compassionate and loyal nature by adopting the son of an Indian woman whom she has befriended over the years. The woman dies in childbirth, and in a burst of generosity, Titania takes her son to be her own. But Oberon has different plans for the child. How useful it would be to have a young 'henchman' to call to do his bidding! He demands that Titania give him the boy, and she, of course, refuses. So, as the play begins, we see the tension between the two fairies. In fact, Titania is so confident, she simply refuses to live with Oberon unless he changes his mind.

The second conflict Shakespeare reveals is a sense of jealousy between the two fairies. Titania accuses Oberon of flirting with the Amazon Queen, Hippolyta, while Oberon, in turn, accuses Titania of flirting with Hippolyta's husband-to-be, Duke Theseus of Athens.

Roles of Fairies

Fairies play interesting roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream. They seem to secretly interact with humans by either singing to affect the seasons or blessing weddings, as we see Titania and Oberon do for Hippolyta and Theseus towards the end of the play. And, of course, fairies like Puck play tricks on humans.

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