In A Midsummer Night's Dream, do Oberon and Titania have any children?If Oberon and Titania of A Midsummer's Night Dream have children, I would like to know their names and ages.

Expert Answers
shakespeareguru eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A Midsummer Night's Dream (MND) is the script for a play, and, as such, provides even less background information and character description than, say, a novel would.  Basically, we only have the things that characters say to each other and the audience as evidence for who each character is and how they feel or think about events.

Nowhere in MND does it suggest that Oberon and Titania have children.  There are fairies who serve them.  There names are:   Puck (also known as Robin Goodfellow), Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth (or Mote) and Mustardseed.  Puck serves Oberon and the others serve Titania.  There may well be other fairies in a production of the play, but, again, they aren't specified as being Oberon and Titania's children.

There is a child mentioned in the script "A lovely boy stolen from an Indian king."  This child is important to the plot, since both Oberon and Titania claim him as his/her attendant.  But Titania goes to great length to describe his mother and how she was a great friend of hers, so it can't be her child.  If this child happens to have been fathered by Oberon, this isn't made clear by Shakespeare and shouldn't be assumed.



Read the study guide:
A Midsummer Night's Dream

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question