No Harm, No Foul

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Nashali Claudio
English: Perspectives
Ms. Conklin
Essay #2: Shakespeare
3/13/12

No Harm, No Foul
A lot of people tend to help people out, even when they don’t need help. Sometimes helping someone can actually just turn into meddling. And with meddling, comes mischief. Meddling means to interfere in or busy oneself overly with something that is none of their business. Mischief means naughtiness or misbehavior. In “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare, the author shows how meddling in other people’s lives can have different results in the end, especially when done with intentions of being mischievous.

To begin, Puck is a fairy who wants to help, but wants to have a little fun at the same time. It all begins when Oberon, the king of the fairies, ask Puck to find a magical flower that would make someone fall madly in love with the first thing they see. He wanted to use this flower on his wife, Titania. Titania and Oberon were arguing over a little Indian boy that Titania was taking care of. Oberon wants the boy as a servant. Because Titania won’t give Oberon the boy, he uses the flower to cast a spell on her to make her fall in love with the first thing she sees. While Oberon is doing that to, Puck decides to have a little fun with it. Since Bottom is such an ass, that’s what he turns him into; an ass. Titania then hears him singing which wakes her up, and instantly makes her fall in love with him when she sees him. After this, Puck goes back to Oberon and says “An ass’s nole I fixed on his head. Anon his Thisbe must be answered, and forth my mimic comes.” (III.II.18-20). With all this happening, you may think meddling isn’t really that bad, but meddling can lead to many unexpected outcomes.

Eventually, Pucks meddling causes some much unexpected things to happen, as I mentioned before. Because of Pucks meddling, he accidentally makes everyone fall in love with the wrong person. Oberon sees Helena so in love with Demetrius, and feels bad for...
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