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Discuss Pucks role in A Midsummer Nights Dream.

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Discuss Puck's role in A Midsummer Night's Dream. In A Midsummer's Dream, Puck is a 'sprite', a creature with magical powers, similar to a pixie or an elf. He is Oberon's jester and henchman. He also serves another role in the play by interpreting it for the audience and commenting on the action of the play. Puck explains why the King and Queen of fairies are quarreling, ' she as her attendant hath a lovely boy, stol'n from the Indian King. She had never had so sweet a changeling, And jealous Oberon would have the child... But she perforce withholds the loved boy...', this enlightens the audience about Oberon and Titania's quarrel. It gives the audience some background information and helps them understand the plot better. Puck is also a very critical character, he calls the craftsmen ' Hempen homespuns' and the lovers as 'mortals... fools be'. These might also represent what the audience themselves think of the characters especially the craftsmen and lovers. Therefore, Puck signifies an important role in explaining and commenting on the play and their characters. Puck also plays a humorous role in A Midsummer Night's Dream. ...read more.

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Together with Oberon, they mess around with the young Athenian lovers' feelings. By charming Demetrius and Lysander, the former on purpose, and the latter by mistake, they believe they are helping Helena to find love. However, in reality, they are simply ruining things and causing more problems than they are good, regardless of their intentions. He complicates Oberon's plans. He is the engine of transformation who sets Bottom against his friends (and vice versa) and the entire Titania love theme in play. He tricks and misleads the lovers, so they are fighting him when they think they are fighting one another. ' And so far am I glad it so did sort As this their jangling I esteem a sport', again, Puck is reiterating how much it is a 'sport' (fun) to him to see the lovers fall out with each other. Hence Puck is seen as an antagonist as he also enjoys playing mean tricks on mortals. Puck also plays the role of a gossiper. The fairy doesn't ask him, but he tells what Oberon is doing anyway,' The king doth keep his revels here to-night. Take heed the queen come not within his sight; For Oberon is passing fell and wrath... ...read more.

Conclusion

Puck is the trickster side of humans that are keen to obtain lots of power not but to get away with things. Puck is also memorable because he embodies that desire. Hence in this case Puck's role is a small little boy who represents people who are eager to possess plenty of power and be able to control everyone else. Puck's role is also to conclude the play with a monologue (solo address). "If we shadows have offended, ... think but this, and all is mended,... that you have but slumb'red here ... While these visions did appear. ... And this weak and idle theme,... No more yielding but a dream, ... Gentles, do not reprehend. ...If you pardon, we will mend." Finally, he says, "So, good night unto you all. ... Give me your hands, if we be friends, ... And Robin shall restore amends It ends with a restoration of human relationships. He speaks the final words at the end of the play in an attempt to make amends with the audience and apologize for the fairies behavior during the performance. Puck makes it clear that the fairies' mischief was not intended to cause harm, and that all will be set aright. Hence Puck's role is to bring peace to the play after many endless conflicts. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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