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Why are Titania’s declarations of love for Bottom so amusing?

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The relationship between Titania and Bottom is supposed to be visually humorous to the audience, for obvious reasons. Titania, as the Queen of the Fairies, is supposed to represent something ethereal, beautiful, and regal. She is not supposed to fall passionately in love with a man who has been cursed with the head of a donkey. Consequently, to hear Titania declaring her love to this man is funny to the audience because it is evidence of the spell having worked, and it creates a very unlikely visual. Titania and Bottom are not in on the...

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