Humor In A Midsummer Night's Dream
Puck’s high jinks are not only to entertain the audience, but also used to advance the drama. His most elaborate intentional prank is when he, quite literally, transforms Bottom into an ass. The characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream run rampant with dramatic irony in succession to Bottom’s astronomic transformation, including the man of the hour himself. Upon the other Rustics first glimpse Bottoms newly transfigured appearance Bottom makes the painstaking mistake of asking: “What do you see? You see an ass head of your own, do you?”(3.1.85).
Although a grand amount of Puck’s hilarity is amounted to intentional pranks he has his fair shares of accidental blunders, the most prominent being the Athenian mix up with the purple flower’s love