A Midsummer Night's Dream and Memorable Sprite Puck

Topics: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Fairy, Character Pages: 1 (277 words) Published: January 5, 2013
Puck; a Character Sketch on the Most Memorable Sprite

Puck is portrayed as the most important character and protagonist in the play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He created two problems that intertwined together to create one, massive plot that outlined the whole play. Puck soon solved the problem via a remedy and ended the play on a happy note. In this essay, it will discuss why Robin Goodfellow is a mischievous prankster and loyal to his king.

Puck is constantly called knavish and merry meaning a fun prankster. It seems that Oberon is fond of this as Puck says in Act 2, Scene 1 line 45:

I jest to Oberon and make him smile.

It is revealed here that he is a jester to the fairy king, Oberon, and that he is quite happy with it. Also in Act 3, Scene 2 line 17, he says:

An ass’s nole I fixed on his head.

He turned Bottom into a mutant creature with a donkey’s head. While talking to a fairy (Act 2, Scene 1 lines 36-39) he speaks of one of his many pranks.

Sometime for a three-foot stool she mistaketh me, Then slip I from her bum, down topples she, And “tailor” cries, and falls into a cough.

So, in the play, he is known as the knavish and merry prankster. He mirrors the master of revels, or planner of entertainment, Philostrate. Both work for kings and serve to entertain.

But, he is not known as just a jester.

Puck is also very loyal. Throughout the whole play he is seen serving Oberon and doing his crazy missions and starts the whole plot.
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