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In Act II of "A Midsummer Night's Dream", what is Oberon and Titania's relationship?

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Oberon and Titania are a married couple, the king and the queen of all the fairies.  At the beginning of Act II, the two are in an argument, which causes all of Nature to be disrupted.  The royal couple have such dominion over the whims of nature that their discord causes the world to be in turmoil while they are not reconciled.  It is this domestic argument which provides the impetus for much of the action of the play.

Oberon and Titania are at such odds that when they meet Oberon says to her "Ill met by moonlight" (II.i.62)  Titania acuses Oberon of having a mistress, and he calls her proud.  All this rancor has caused serious havoc within the natural world:

As in revenge, have suck'd up from the sea(90)
Contagious fogs; which, falling in the land,
Hath every pelting river made so proud
That they have overborne their continents.
The ox hath therefore...

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