What is the role of the supernatural in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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In A Midsummer Night's Dream, the supernatural serves both to create conflict in the play and to create resolution.

Conflict is created when Oberon decides to punish his wife Titania for not obeying his will and refusing to relinquish the changeling Indian boy to him. Oberon is immensely jealous of her possession of the boy because the boy is particularly beautiful and Oberon had wanted to raise him to be on of his knights, as we see Puck explain in his lines:

She [Titania] never had so sweet a changeling;
And jealous Oberon would have the child
Knight of his train, to trace the forests wild. (II.i.23-25)

Since, Titania refuses to obey her husband, he decides to play a trick on her using a love potion. He is aware that Cupid hit a particular flower with his arrow and that if the juice of the flower is squeezed onto a person's eyelids while he/she is sleeping, when that person awakes, he/she will fall in love with the first seen. Oberon asks Puck to bring him the flower. Oberon's plan is...

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