Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Shakespeare's Fairies

"The course of true love never did run smooth"
- A Midsummer Night's Dream

One of my favorite plays by William Shakespeare is A Midsummer Night's Dream. It's filled with love, angst, intrigue, and...fairies. My favorite characters were always Titania and Oberon, the king and queen of the fairies. While the human characters were running around the forest in confusion, Titania and Oberon were playing a coy little game of hard-to-get filled with wicked schemes and witty sayings.
I had always wished that one day someone would stumble upon an unpublished manuscript by Shakespeare where he wrote the love story of Titania and Oberon. In the play, they were already king and queen, but I would have loved to have seen how the smooth Oberon won over the tempestuous Titania.
I wonder how they became the king and queen of the fairy realm with a court filled with fairies with names like Mustardseed and Cobweb. Perhaps there was a quirky little back story to how Puck became Oberon's sidekick of mischief.Shakespeare might have had these little musings floating around in his head...at least I'd like to think he did.

Photos by Elizabeth Messina via The Bride's Cafe