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A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare

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What is the conflict between Titania and Oberon in Act 2, Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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These two are the Queen and King, respectively, of the fairies.  In Act II, Scene 1, we see them for the first time in the play.  At this point, they are very angry at one another.

They are fighting over a little human boy.  The boy is referred to in the play as a "changeling."  Titania has brought the boy from India because his mother was her friend.  Oberon, for whatever reason, wants the boy for himself.  He just wants the boy to be his "henchman" -- his assistant or messenger.

Their argument will cause all kinds of problems that will make up much of the rest of the play.

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