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Why are Oberon and Titania fighting in Act 2 of Midsummer Night's Dream?

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smartplayer16 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 29, 2007 at 11:55 AM via web

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Why are Oberon and Titania fighting in Act 2 of Midsummer Night's Dream?

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janeyb | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 29, 2007 at 12:16 PM (Answer #1)

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In act Two scene one, Oberon and Titania are fighting about Titania’s refusing to relinquish the changeling (a child secretly exchanged for another in infancy). She brought the child from India. His mother had been her friend and died in childbirth. Each accuses the other of infidelities and each takes a turn at denying these accusations.

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mrerick | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 29, 2007 at 2:03 PM (Answer #2)

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They both want the boy for very different reasons, part of the reason for the fight. Titania has more noble reasons in mind; she believes she owes it to her friend to raise the child "correctly" as his own mother would have. Oberon would like to have the boy as another personal jester, much like the job Puck holds throughout the play.

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fashionableb1 | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted June 5, 2014 at 2:26 AM (Answer #3)

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Oberon and Titania are fighting with each other because Titania possesses a changling (human) boy who she feels compelled to raise out of respect and love of her good friend who is the mother of the child and is also dead. Oberon wants the changling boy so that he could use the boy as his henchman. 

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