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Is Puck a Knavish Sprite or a Malign Spirit?

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  • Submitted: 04/09/2003
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GCSE Other Shakespeare Plays

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Is Puck a Knavish Sprite or a Malign Spirit?

This question is asked since, throughout the play Puck partakes in a variety of different situations that display his personality and character; he plays a main role and features significantly in the view of the audience. The issue may be debated because there is sufficient evidence indicating that he is both a knavish sprite and a malign spirit.

The mystery of Puck begins to tease our brains in Act 2 Scene 1 where his conversation uncovers primary details of him being a 'knavish sprite'. 2:1 L33 states exactly that. Also the fairy continues to regurgitate the knavish tricks Puck often inflicts:

Are not you he

That frights the maidens of the villagery (2:1 L35)

The fairy then proceeds to reveal that he is known to,

Mislead night-wanderers, laughing at their harm

(2:1 L39)

These activities may seem immature but, as the fairy acknowledges the fact that he laughs at their harm, the audience may now believe that he bears no respect for his innocent victims. This cruelty may hint at an abuse of his powers but, more

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