Titania character analysis

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Titania name comes from Metamorphoses (used for Diana daughter of a Titan)
Word `Titan' in her name makes her sound very powerful (unlike other women in the play i.e.
Hippolyta, Hermia and Helena who are portrayed quite powerless due to circumstances)
In traditional folklore the fairy queen has no name Shakespeare increases her importance
and gives her status
Walter F Staton, Jr: Titania `is an amalgam of several classical goddesses'
`as a jealous of the fairy king she resembles Juno'
`as lover of an asslike man who does not know enough to pursue his advantage she
resembles Venus'
Scene 1
Oberon calls her `proud Titania' audience's first impression of Titania before she even
She fights back and calls him `jealous Oberon'
^this would have been quite shocking for the audience to see such a strong female character
who disobeys her husband
Has equal authority to Oberon as Queen: `Fairies, skip hence'
Sarcastic `Then I must be thy lady' a strong characteristic
^witty in response to Oberon basically saying he owns her: `am not I thy lord?' doesn't
succumb to Oberon's power as king
Then in retaliation turns the argument towards Oberon having cheated on her
Cacophony `your buskin'd mistress' harsh sounding word contempt towards Oberon and
his mistress
But she is just as bad `thy love to Theseus
Only one who points out the consequences of their quarrels more considerate than Oberon
of their actions
Personifies the weather: `the winds, piping to us in vain', `(rivers) they have overborne their
Sympathises with those who are suffering in the human world
`The ox hath therefore stretch'd his yoke in vain,/the ploughman lost his sweat' asyndetic list
of the many chaotic events they have created for the human world highlights her concern
`Oberon and Titania, King and Queen of the fairies, are representations of the polemic nature
of pagan Gods, the Earth Mother and the Sun God, when united, they control the weather and
the seasons.'
Paul Williams

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Talks about her intimate friendship with the votress `she gossiped by my side' image of her
being close
Notes as a happy time `when we have laugh'd to see the sails conceive' reminisces to a
time that excludes men and her marriage to Oberon (because she hates her situation right
Maurice Hunt: `the Fairy Queen resists the natural course of individuation, of becoming a
woman uniquely articulated by love, marriage and childbearing by risking rejection,
disappointment and even death' (of the votress)
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In the original production she would most certainly have been placed in a curtained recess at
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