What's the love relationship between the characters in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?Specifically the love between the mechanicals and between Oberon and Titania...

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robertwilliam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think Oberon and Titania's love starts off very rockily indeed, with a strong and fiery argument over who is going to have control over the Indian boy. And then, of course, to punish her, Oberon cuckolds himself by putting the flwoer on Titania's eye and causing her to have sex with Bottom, at that point half-man, half-donkey. So "love" is a bit of a problem: and indeed, one of the few times it's said by Titania is to Bottom!

O, how I love thee! how I dote on thee!

Oberon, though once Titania awakes, reiterates their love as a "new... amity":

Come, my Queen, take hands with me,
And rock the ground whereon these sleepers be.
Now thou and I are new in amity,
And will tomorrow midnight solemnly
Dance in Duke Theseus' house triumphantly,
And bless it to all fair prosperity.

So it takes some violence and some arguing, and even sex with a donkey to restore it - but love wins through in the end.

The mechanicals love for each other is clear throughout, I think, but just look at this moment when Bottom comes back to his fellow actors in Act 4, Scene 2:

Where are these lads? Where are these hearts?
Bottom! O most courageous day! O most happy

There's not many quotes about it. But on stage, it's always clear that there's real love between Quince, Bottom and his actors.

Hope it helps!

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