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Let’s Explore: Titania – the Queen of the Fairies

Before we explore the character of Titania, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, let us just remind you how you can explore a Shakespearean character in any of our published plays. If you haven’t tried out our  techniques of using ‘Parts and Cues’ and ‘Highlit Text’, then you’ll find it helpful to read the detailed explanation we give for the character Hamlet (click on Let’s Explore Hamlet). You can explore any Shakespearean character in a play  published by Players-Shakespeare.com in a similar way. Here we help you explore Titania, the Queen of the Fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Titania – the Queen of the Fairies:

Titanis is the Queen of the Fairies, and she knows how to behave like royalty – except when under the influence of her husband Oberon’s flower juices. She appears in five scene – two of which are limited to only a few lines. You’ll find those scenes outlined below:

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  • We are introduced to Titania, and the fairy realm including Oberon and Puck, in A2S1.  The fairy realm is at war – Titania and Oberon are fighting over a lovely changeling boy, which Titania will not relinquish to Oberon. Titania has three longish speeches in this scene, so it’s worth reading them in Parts and Cues mode, before  reading again the whole scene in Highlight Text format.
  • Titania has one speech at the beginning of A2S1, and then spends the rest of this scene and most of the next scene asleep. During A2S1 Oberon spreads flower-juice on her eyes, making her fall in love with the first thing she sees when she wakes – Bottom!  It’s worth reading her speech in A2S1 in Parts and Cues mode to see her regal manner with her fairies.
  • In A3S1, after the rehearsal of  Pyramus and Thisbe, Bottom awakes Titania by singing. She falls in love with him, and in the rest of this scene shows her royal wishes over her new lover, and  also commands the fairies to treat him well. This scene is best viewed in Parts and Cues mode.
  • At the beginning of A4S1, Titania is still in love with Bottom, but Oberon brushes her eyes with a different flower-juice, and when she awakes she sees in horror what she has been in love with. Again, this scene is best viewed in Parts and Cues mode.
  • In A5S1, Titania appears again, with the rest of the fairies, to bless Theseus’ house. Oberon and Puck speak most, with Titania given only four lines.

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The scenes above should help you to come to a view about Titania’s character. Of course, by reading the scenes above, you may well see things differently from what I’ve outlined above, but  you should know what you think about Titania.

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Richard Forsyth
‘The Director’
Players-Shakespeare.com

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