Act 4, scenes 1 and 2. A) How do Oberon and Titania make amends? B) How does Bottom explain his adventure with Titania?A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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In Act IV of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oberon tells Puck that he is satisfied now that he has possession of the changeling boy, so he will "undo the hateful imperfection of her eyes" (1.4.65).  He orders Puck to remove the donkey head from Bottom so that when they awaken, Titania and he will not remember anything of the "night's accidents" other than believing it a dream.

When she awakens, Titania sees Oberon and tells him she thinks she "was enamour'd of an ass" (4.1.76) Oberon tells her that he has had the mortals sleep, and when they awaken, they will all return to Athens without remembering the night's events.  He asks his queen to take his hand and join him in rocking the ground to wake the sleeping mortals, saying,

Now thou and I are new in amity,

And will to-morrow midnight solemnly

Dance in Duke Theseus' house triumphantly,

And bless it to all fair prosperity: (4.1.87-90)

Regarding Bottom, as he awakens, he thinks he is waiting to go on stage; and, he tells his fellow mechanicals that

The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man's hand is not able to take, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was.  I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream:  it shall be called Botton's Dream, because it hath no bottom; and I willsing it in the latter end of a play, before the Duke...(4.1.214-220)

Deferring his play to later, Bottom is delighted that he and his friends get to perform in the revel that the Duke and the others attend.



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