Puck In A Midsummer Night's Dream Essay

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream a romantic comedy is a full play written by the great William Shakespeare between 1594 and 1595 (Shakespeare 1265). Shakespeare had written this play to only be displayed on stage and only displayed on stage not read. The play is mostly considered romantic comedy and it is about the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, and dramatizes the idea that “the course of true love never did run smooth” (Shakespeare 1265). There are plentiful characters throughout this play, but none other of importance than the fairy Puck A.K.A. (Robin Goodfellow). To many critics, Puck is considered the main character because he brings the whole entire plot together, without him the play would not make sense. Without his …show more content…
The term “Robin Goodfellow” was the medieval name for the devil, and is known as one of the fairies known as “hobgoblins” that was famous for shapeshifting and misleading travelers. In other words, Puck is the trickster that appears throughout most folklores. These fairies could also be helpful to humans and others, and in most cases they were tricksters. In A Midsummer Night’s dream, Puck played that role brilliantly as the heart and soul of the play. Puck is the driving force throughout the play that makes things happen, and he is also a servant to the fairy king Oberon. In Act II Scene I, Puck calls himself a “shrewd and knavish sprite”, and shows that by failing to follow orders from Oberon when he tells him to find the flower “love-in-idleness” and is told to apply its juice to the eyes of Demetrius to make him fall in love with Helena (Shakespeare). Instead, Puck being the fairy he is He erroneously administers the juice to Lysander, who loves Hermia, thus producing that both men fall in love with the same woman, Helena (Prado). Puck’s origin played a vital role in what made him so important to this play. There is no better character that would fit this role as well as Shakespeare portrayed

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