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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Contrast Between Lullaby and Secret Spell

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FAIRIES' LULLABY: Sing in our sweet lullaby; Lulla, lulla, lullaby, lulla, lulla, lullaby: Never harm, Nor spell nor charm, Come our lovely lady nigh; So, good night, with lullaby.

OBERON'S SPELL: What thou seest when thou dost wake, Do it for thy true-love take, Love and languish for his sake: Be it ounce, or cat, or bear, Pard, or boar with bristled hair, In thy eye that shall appear When thou wakest, it is thy dear: Wake when some vile thing is near.

Analyze these lines from the fairies' lullaby and also Oberon's secret spell. How do they contrast?

A

The fairies sing to protect her from harm whereas Oberon’s spell is meant to hurt her or possibly place her in harm’s way.

B

Oberon’s spell is mean and vindictive in its intentions whereas the fairy lullaby’s intent isn’t to harm Titania, although, it does.

C

The fairies sing to protect her from harm whereas Oberon’s spell is meant to keep her safe but humiliated.

D

Oberon’s spell is meant to protect Titania from being harmed by the beasts of the forest whereas the fairies’s lullaby is meant to protect her from bugs and snakes.

E

The fairies and Oberon both are meant to protect Titania; however, the words the fairies use are kind and gentle whereas Oberon’s words are powerful and intimidating.