A Midsummer Night's Dream: Analysis Of The Indian Boy

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Analysis of the Indian Boy Could removing a child as a character in a play be irrelevant to its outcome? If a cast member has no distinct role and is always referred to in third person, what kind of importance could one have in a play? In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the persona of the Indian boy could have been excluded. If the boy were not in the play, then Oberon and Titania would still be able to rekindle their relationship. Since Oberon communicates no rationale as to why he wants the boy, his fight to obtain the child is unclear. Oberon and Titania would still have jealousy within their relationship to propel the action of the play; therefore, the Indian boy’s role is insignificant.…show more content…
Slights supports the argument that none of the characters in the play have a rightful claim to the boy. He states, “Oberon’s competing and exclusive claim suggests that perhaps, as Puck implies, no one in fairyland has a rightful claim to him. Anyone who wants the changeling, for whatever purpose, may have to withhold him ‘perforce,’ that is forcibly” (262). Although at the end of play Oberon acquires the boy, it is done through magic rather than through forceful means. Even Titania is afraid of a forceful brawl taking place over the Indian boy. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titania attests to this when she states, “Not for thy fairy kingdom.—Fairies, away! We shall chide downright, if I longer stay” in response to Oberon’s remark, “Give me that boy. . .” (2.1.128-130). When Oberon demands the boy and tensions seem to escalate, then Titania decides it is time to leave in order to prevent further conflict. At the very least, even if the Indian boy were to have significance to the play, according to author Jan H. Blits in her book The Soul of Athens: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, states, “. . .Oberon loses interest in the boy once he gets him. The boy is never mentioned again” (139). It is, therefore, easy to conclude that the importance of the Indian boy is

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