Titania-A Midsummer Night's Dream

Who is Titania?

Titania is Shakespeare's Queen of the Faeries, casting spells in a world of shadows and moonlight. Inhabiting a wood outside of Athens, she and her king; Oberon are engaged in battle. Titania has possession of a little changeling boy. Oberon wants the boy to be his henchman. Instead of the ancient greek gods, the Athenian woods are inhabited by mischievous English sprites and faeries.

Titania's Speech

These are the forgeries of jealousy:
And never, since the middle summer's spring,
Met we on hill, in dale, forest or mead,
By paved fountain or by rushy brook,
Or in the beached margent of the sea,
To dance our ringlets to the whistling wind,
But with thy brawls thou hast disturb'd our sport.
Therefore the winds, piping to us in vain,
As in revenge, have suck'd up from the sea
Contagious fogs; which falling in the land
Have every pelting river made so proud
That they have overborne their continents:
The ox hath therefore stretch'd his yoke in vain,
The ploughman lost his sweat, and the green corn
Hath rotted ere his youth attain'd a beard;
The fold stands empty in the drowned field,
And crows are fatted with the murrion flock;
The nine men's morris is fill'd up with mud,
And the quaint mazes in the wanton green
For lack of tread are undistinguishable:
The human mortals want their winter here;
No night is now with hymn or carol blest:
Therefore the moon, the governess of floods,
Pale in her anger, washes all the air,
That rheumatic diseases do abound:
And thorough this distemperature we see
The seasons alter: hoary-headed frosts
Far in the fresh lap of the crimson rose,
And on old Hiems' thin and icy crown
An odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds
Is, as in mockery, set: the spring, the summer,
The childing autumn, angry winter, change
Their wonted liveries, and the mazed world,
By their increase, now knows not which is which:
And this same progeny of evils comes
From our debate, from our dissension;
We are their parents and original.


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Shakespeare is perhaps describing real events in the weather at around the time of his writing, or he is describing a magical upside down world of weather gone haywire, instigated by the warring faerie royals.

What happens to Titania?

After Titania leaves, Oberon concocts a plot with his mischievious sidekick; Puck. Puck will take the juice from an enchanted flower and put it in the faerie queen's eyes while she sleeps.

When Titania awakes from her enchanted sleep she will be forced by the spell of the wicked flower to fall in love with the first thing she sees, no matter how hideous it's shape or form.


Titania has her ring of faeries sing her to sleep. When she dozes off, her little faeries run off to play leaving one small disenchanted faerie to stand guard.

Oberon's chief henchman and mischief-maker; Puck, finds an actor in the woods, a buffoon of a man. Puck fixes an asses 'nole' upon his head. In other words, this actor, a character sporting the name of Nick Bottom, will have the head of an ass, or donkey.

Titania wakes from her drowsy sleep and spies this fool and falls hopelessly in love. All her queenly airs have disappeared and she won't take no for an answer from this half man, half-ass.

But as the night starts to fade into light, Oberon and Puck have made amends and rectified their misdeeds. Oberon wakes his Queen, who is horrified to see that the ass sleeping on the ground was her paramour. But the night's madness seems 'No more vexing than a dream."




As morning comes, Titania and Oberon and the rest of the faeries take flight. They chase the darkness around the globe. They are the wanton creatures of the woods who fill lovers brains with feverish fancies. After all, in the woods, at night, anything is possible.