A Midsummer Night's Dream

Character Analysis of Puck

Considered one of William Shakespeare's greatest plays, A Midsummer Nights Dream reads like a fantastical, imaginative tale; however, its poetic lines contain a message of love, reality, and chance that are not usually present in works of such kind. All characters in the play are playful, careless and thoughtless, and Puck: one of the central characters in the play: is significant to the plot, tone, and meaning of A Midsummer Nights Dream, thus becoming a representative of the above-mentioned themes.

The plot in this one of Shakespeare's plays is comical and, at times, ironic. As summarized by Puck in the last stanza of the play:

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.

And, as I am an honest Puck

If we have unearned luck

Now to scape the serpent's tongue

We will make amends ere long;

Else the Puck a liar call:

So, good night unto you all.

Give me your hands, if we be friends,

And Robin shall restorer amends. (Shakespeare 89)

Puck suggests to both the watchers and, consequently, to the readers, that if they did not enjoy the...

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