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Shakespeares lovers in A Midsummer Nights Dream and Twelfth Night are lunatics In A Midsummer Nights Dream the moon is the guiding force of madness in the play which influences the chaotic nature and lunacy of the characters The moon seems to preside over the entire play and is a symbol of change Oberon and Titania king and queen of the fairies are one example of lunatic lovers that parallel the theme of changeability Oberon and Titania are quarreling over the possession of an Indian boy that Titania has mothered since the boy was a baby This makes Oberon very jealous But Oberon doesnt help matters much with his straying after nymphs and admiring Hippolyta This quarrel becomes so intense that it begins to affect the seasons on earth Titania describes it as The spring the summer The childing autumn angry winter change Their wonted liveries and the mazed world By their increase now knows not which is which And this same progeny of evils comes From our debate from our dissension We are their parents and original III 114-20 The constant changing of the earths state in the seasons creates chaos among mother nature In order to solve the quarrel Oberon wants to teach Titania a lesson by telling Puck or Robin Goodfellow to use a magical nectar on her and the Athenian man called Demetrius Fetch me a flower the herb that I showed thee once The juice of it on sleeping eyelids laid Will make man or woman madly dote Upon the next live creature that it sees III 172-75 In the case of the two lovers Hermia and Lysander they plan to meet by moonlight and elope in Athens Egeus Hermias father wishes for her to marry a man named Demetrius whom he thinks is of high stature and is fitting for his daughter as a husband Hermia is very much in love with Lysander
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