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    Robin Goodfellow often referred to simply as Puck is a mischievous fairy that enjoys playing pranks on mortals in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night 's Dream. Puck is Oberon’s jester, and his antics are responsible for many of the complications that launch the conflict of the play. Pucks were a category of spirits who were often sinister, and the Puck of this play is clearly mischievous. In his mischievous ways, he finds this entire situation a joke and entertainment to him. He first appears in Act

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    genders. Puck is a servant to the king of the fairies, Oberon, and was originally written to be played as a man, but has been played as a female in recent productions. The American Players Theatre recently put on a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Puck was portrayed much like the character on paper, however, many traits were taken further; a deeper understanding of the jokester was revealed throughout the portrayal by Cristina Panfilio.

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    the problems in the play. Oberon messes up the relationship between the lovers when he orders Puck to put love potion into Demetrius’s eyes. This happens because when Demetrius and Helena went into the forest to chase Lysander and Hermia, Oberon overheard their argument about how eagerly Helena wants Demetrius’s love. Oberon wanted to help Helena so she will be thankful to him, so he gave ordered Puck to put love potion on Demetrius’s eyes. But Oberon doesn’t know that Lysander and Hermia are also

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    He declares that the flower must use its full power on the man, because he has no love for the woman. Puck also confuses Hermia for Helena when he expresses sympathy for the woman. The element of mistaken identities is being demonstrated because Puck has mistaken Lysander for Demetrius, causing him to apply the love juice to Lysander. This leads to love becoming out of balance because Lysander will no longer love Hermia and

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    Lyslander and Hermai plan to go to his Aunt 's house to marry in the forest. Demetrius follows them into the forest with Hellena. Titania and Oberon argue in the forest. Oberon vows to make her pay by putting a love herb on Titania 's eyes. Oberon tells Puck to put a love potion on Demutruis but puts it on Lyslander by mistake. Lyslander falls for Hellena because she wakes him up. The climax is Titania wakes up and is in

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    Oberon and Puck create fake love by giving the potion to Lysander and Demetrius. Lysander and Hermia shared true love before Puck accidently put the love potion on Lysander, causing him to fall in love with Helena. Demetrius goes from loving Helena to hating her, and loving Hermia to loving Helena because of the influence of the love potion. Helena and Hermia used to have a platonic love, but because of Lysander and Demetrius loving Helena, not Hermia, they feel hatred towards each other. Puck 's confusion

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    little changeling Indian boy to him which she refuses strongly. This results in Oberon being vexed and orders Puck to fetch him the love juice and pour it into Titania’s eyes while she is sleeping out of spite. Prior to this scene, we witness the conversation between Puck and the fairies, the latter being warned regarding the possible conflict between Oberon and Titania. The scene ends with Puck commencing his journey to find the flower. In this scene, the playwright portrays the ideas about lovers and

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    Importance of Dreams As the title indicates, dreams are an important theme in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A dream is not real, although it does seem real when we experience it. Shakespeare seems to be interested in the workings of dreams. He likes for things to happen without an explanation. He also likes to incorporate dreams because they change the flow of time, and impossible situations occur. He even incorporates things such as the moon to give the play a dreamy effect. Shakespeare tries to

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    These actions only take place in the forest setting, furthering the thought that the forest is a place when dreams and imagination run rampant. Evidence of this is when Oberon and Puck have an argument as Puck has put the love potion in Lysander’s eyes in place of Demetrius’. This displays how the fairies have control over the humans, with the humans having no input on what happens. This could be seen as part of a dream or an imagination as we

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    In Act three of the play A midsummer night’s dream, Shakespeare explores how love creates confusions. In the forest, Puck’s magic brings about many of the most bizarre and hilarious situations in the play. When this Act opens, Oberon orders Puck to put love potion on Titania’s eyes when she falls asleep. After she wakes up, she sees Bottom, who is practicing the play, and falls in love with him simultaneously. She says to Bottom, “What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?” (3.1.113). Because of the

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    this, it questions the singularity of any entity. The characters of Puck/Robin Goodfellow and Francis Flute who plays Thisbe in Pyramus and Thisbe are foils to the search for a true identity, a theme that is revisited often in the play. One of the most noticeable features of both Puck and Francis Flute are the way they deliver their speeches. Flute’s speech is fragmented and involves a lot of questions and broken sentences:

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    O Strange! We are haunted. Pray, masters! Fly, masters! help! “ (Shakespeare 49-50). This showed that Quince and the others are scared and don’t know why his head is like that. This is dramatic irony because the audience knows why he is like this. Puck, a fairy, turned Bottom’s head into an ass’s head because Oberon, the fairy king, wanted his wife, Titania, to fall in love with something ugly. In my opinion, this is the best example of dramatic irony because it is exciting. This is also my favorite

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    though sexual desire is found in every act, it isn’t the only type of desire found within the play. In addition to sexual desire, we find a desire for utter and complete control, which is held most notably by Oberon, as well as the desire for chaos. Puck is a character recognizable by those who study mythology by his mischievous nature and tendency to play tricks on those unfortunate enough to slight him. These three incarnations of desire all play into the social standing of life at the time. Those

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    Dreams are wild, magical, and mysterious. The majority of Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream is spent in a heavily wooded forest full of fairies and irrational young lovers, creating a night only fallible as a dream. The story contains a royal wedding about to take place and the young lovers Hermia and Lysander provoked to eloping because Hermia’s father will only let her marry Demetrius. Hermia’s best friend Helena, who loves Demetrius, tells Demetrius Hermia and Lysander’s plot to escape

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    director is able to create an effective dream-like setting with the use of projections, lighting, and puppetry. From the beginning, there is a sense of wonder created, as without word or introduction, Puck, played by Kathryn Hunter, glides onto stage and lays down on a mattress supported by branches. Puck is then lifted into the air and a large white sheet consumes the stage. Even for those familiar with the play, such as myself, it immediately commands your mind to travel to the dream world Taymor has

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    Dramatic Irony In A Midsummer's Night’s Dream In William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night's Dream, Puck leads a rein of Situational irony throughout Athens. Irony is the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous reaction. Irony is used in many different ways from Verbal to Dramatic and Situational. Verbal irony is when someone says something that is the opposite of how they feel or what happend like falling down and getting

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    Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night’s Dream depicts a number of human truths including: lust, disappointment, confusion, deception, choice, betrayal, and marriage. The story begins with Hermia refusing to comply with her father Egeus 's wish for her to marry Demetrius. In response, Egeus turns to a law requiring a daughter to marry a prospected man chosen by her father, or else face death or lifelong chastity as a nun. Faced with this dilemma, Hermia and her lover Lysander elope by going into the

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    In Shakespeare’s A Midsummers Night’s Dream, magic and mystery are key components in the thriving plot through the use of having two worlds, fairy and mortals. In this play the fairies are depicted as whimsical free-spirited lovers of life who seek to help the mortals find true love. However, in the 1999 Hollywood film version of the play the fairies are portrayed as petty irritable party animals who are more mortal like than they should be. This interpretation of the play has lost the original magical

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    “A Midsummer Night 's Dream” is a comedy written by William Shakespeare around 1595. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. To my surprise, this a very interesting and amusing literary piece that I had not known about

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    desire is found in each of the play’s acts, it isn’t the only type of desire found within the play. In addition to sexual desire, we find a desire for utter and complete control, which is held most notably by Oberon, as well as the desire for chaos. Puck is a character recognizable by those who study mythology by his mischievous nature and tendency to play tricks on those unfortunate enough to slight him. These three incarnations of desire all play into the social standing of life at the time. Those

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