Titania In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Maya Angelou once said that love “jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” These words of hers summarize the obstacles overcome by the characters in Shakespeare’s colorful comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In his play, ridiculousness ensues between the fairies of the wood, and the citizens of Athens. Though it is woven of multiple threads, the heart of the script lies with the idea of love, and the lengths people will go through to maintain it. Indeed, love is vastly different from the picture-perfect scenarios and visions we so often dream about. In reality, we struggle to sustain love, and at times it can be painful. However, when it is real, we hold onto it in spite of the rough patches. …show more content…
From this, it is revealed her attachment to the boy is a result of her friendship with his now deceased mother. Her passing motivated Titania into essentially adopting the boy and becoming his maternal figure. Such an undertaking was not required of her, but she did so out of her own free will, which is quite the feat considering Titania's stature. She is the queen of all fairies and possesses power so strong she can influence the weather! And yet, she chooses to use that power to protect a child who is not even hers. In fact, the entire war between fairies is over ownership of the boy. She put so much on the line- her power, peace, and order - all for the child’s sake. Titania’s preparedness to enter such a conflict demonstrates how protective she is of him: an instinct that can only be explained by love. Love not only toward the changeling boy, but also toward his mother. Whereas Helena’s friendship with Hermia is rough around the edges, Titania’s loyalties to her friend extend to even after death. The characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream travel to the deep woods and back on a chaotic journey, with love being the recurring incentive for their actions. While we may shake our heads at the situations they land themselves in, we should remember that between the lines of the script lies a bead of truth. And that truth is: when the weight of the world attempts to keep us apart from the people we adore the most, we shrug it