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What does Oberon decide to do about Titania and Bottom in Act IV, Scene 1 of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?

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Oberon watches the interaction between Titania and Bottom at the start of this scene.  Titania thinks she is in love with Bottom; she doesn't seem to notice that he has the head of a donkey.  The scene is funny because she is a beautiful fairy queen and Bottom is as coarse as they come, especially now with the ass-head.  Oberon wanted to divert Titania's attention and, as a little petulant punishment, make her look foolish, which is why he annointed her eyes with the juice from the flower. He's succeeded in getting the boy away from Titania - his goal in diverting her attention - so now he's ready to have her return to normal.  He says, "I will undo this hateful imperfection of her eyes."  He removes the charm caused by flower's juice that made her fall in love with whomever she first saw upon waking.  When she sees Bottom and hears that she was truly, "enamored of an ass," she is shocked and horrified.  She is ready to turn her attention to Oberon which is what he wanted all along.

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