M.J. Pinheiro 1. How do you think Oberon is able to sneak by the “sentinel” referred to in 2.32? Can you suggest some stage business that makes this possible?
I think that the “sentinel” could be facing one way and not looking in all directions because she is only one fairy. I think Oberon could have snuck behind her and went the way she was not looking then squeeze the flower juice on her eyes and then leave. He would have to be quiet but it would work. Titania would lie down and the “sentinel” could stand in front of her but Oberon would sneak in behind where she isn’t looking.
2. You are Oberon and see Titania sleeping. Are you angry? Do you want to revenge yourself on her with this magic juice? Or, do you see this as simply a light-hearted prank to play on her, similar to what we would call a practical joke today? Based on your answer above, consider how you would say Oberon’s lines at 2.33-40.
If I were Oberon and saw Titania sleeping, I would be angry at her and want revenge because she won’t let me have the human boy be a part of my crew and she obviously doesn’t want this arguing to stop and for us to be normal again. Me putting the juice of the flower on her eyes will make her fall in love with the first person/thing she sees and that’s what she gets for not wanting to at least come to an agreement with me. In my speech I would be angrier and say something along the lines of this is what you get for not wanting to get along with me and not caring.
3. Now take a look at the last lines of the scene. Describe Puck’s “merry mix-up” (2.70-75) and its effect on: - Lysander- Helena- Hermia
Puck, instead of squeezing the flower juice on Demetrius and making him fall in love with Helena, he squeezed the flower juice on Lysander who was supposed to be in love with Hermia. When Lysander woke up, he saw Helena so that made him fall in love with Helena. This affects him because he said all of those things to her and was supposed