A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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Act II, Scene 2 Summary

Act 2, scene 2 begins with the entrance of Titania, the fairy queen, and her fairy followers. Titania orders her fairy subjects to sing her a lullaby and then to commence work on a number of tasks that she prescribes to them. The fairies promptly sing a poetic lullaby, which grants safe slumber to Titania. Titania falls asleep, and the fairies leave one fairy to guard her as she slumbers while the rest leave to complete their tasks around the forest. Oberon then enters the scene and casts a spell on his sleeping wife. He squeezes juice of the magic flower "love-in-idleness" upon her eyes and casts a spell so that she will awake to set her eyes upon a wild creature, whom she is to fall in love with.

Oberon exists the scene, and Lysander and Hermia enter as they are wandering the woods. Lysander admits to Hermia that he has gotten the couple lost. Lysander entreats Hermia to lie with him and sleep, but Hermia is determined to sleep apart because they are not yet married. Lysander agrees to sleep apart, and they vow to love each other for their whole lives.

As the couple sleeps, Puck enters the scene. Seeing the lovers sleeping and noticing the Athenian clothes of Lysander, he mistakes Lysander...

(The entire section is 434 words.)