A Midsummer Nights Dream: Fairies and Their Purpose

815 WordsApr 12, 20064 Pages
Fairies and Their Purpose The fairies and the fairy realm have many responsibilities in this play. The most important of which is that they are the cause of much of the conflict and comedy within this story. They represent mischievousness and pleasantry which gives the play most of its emotion and feeling. They relate to humans because they make mistakes but differ in the fact that they do not understand the human world. Robin is the most notable fairy in the play and is the servant of the fairy king, Oberon. Along with Oberon, Robin is the most comedic and protagonistic character in this play. He is responsible for the essential events that occur in the woods whether on purpose or just on accident. He recognizes himself as a…show more content…
Humans are known for making mistakes all the time and the fact that Robin mistakes Lysander for Demetrius shows that he too suffers from error and is not infallible. "Weeds of Athens he doth wear. This is he my master said Despised the Athenian maid." This mistake allows for the actions and conflicts that take place between the lovers to finally come through and surface to the audience. The human actors provide entertainment for the duke and elite of Athens as the fairies provide entertainment for the audience and the lovers in the forest. The servants of Oberon and Titania reflect the servants of Theseus and the performers of the play in the fact that both groups of servants are controlled by a higher power. "That thou shalt like an airy spirit go. Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Mote, and Mustardseed!" Both fairies and humans fall in love with another as shown between Titania and Oberon and Lysander and Hermia. The fairies also differ from the members from the human world in many ways. The most notable is that the fairies can turn into little pixie-like creatures and fly away, a feat never accomplished by a human as of yet. The humans have a better understanding of technology and inventions such as the phonograph. "Lord, what fools these mortals be!" The fairies were using phonograph as a table for fruit and were frightened when Bottom showed them that it played music. The most obvious difference is the representation of the fairies as a delicate and
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