Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night Dream: The troubles between Oberon and Titania.

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Trouble in Paradise

Being royalty always comes with its perks, you have control over everything in your kingdom, you have the final say in decisions, and the servants that surround you grant your every want. As Fairy royalty, Titania and Oberon have a few other advantages. With a simple movement, they can be in India, France, or anywhere else their hearts desire. Titania and Oberon also dictate all of nature. This power isn't as wonderful as it may sound however, there is trouble brewing in paradise.

We meet Titania and Oberon in the forest where they begin immediately with an argument. There has been an infidelity of a sort as Titania talks about Oberon being in India with another woman.

When thou hast stolen away from fairy land,

And in the shape of Corin sat all day,

Playing on pipes of corn, and versing love,

To amorous Phillida. Why art thou here

Come from the farthest steep of India? (II, i, 65-69)

Titania also accuses Oberon of only returning because his "warrior love", Hippolyta, is going to wed Theseus.

He denounces this accusation and says, "Glance at my credit with Hippolyta, Knowing I know thy love to Theseus" (II, i, 75-76). Oberon's disloyalty appears to be a very sore spot for Titania. She throws in his face how because of the tension between them, all of nature is in a state of confusion. The weather patterns are wrong, the animals are going mad, the sea is flooding over the land and the seasons don't know what their typical actions are. "And this same progeny of all evils comes From our debate, from our dissension; We are their parents and original" (II, i, 115- 117).

Another large source of the conflict between the two is because Titania has adopted...