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Who Is To Blame In A Midsummer Night's Dream
Everyone has had that moment when they blame one person or character for the problem or conflict, correct? The same can be said for the plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. The entire plot of the play is mostly Puck (the Fairy King Oberon’s servant)’s fault. First and foremost, Puck messed up! He was instructed to put the love juice in Demetrius’s eyes by Oberon, but accidentally put it in Lysander’s eyes. According to the play, Puck said, “[he sees Lysander] Who is this? Clothing of Athens he wears? This is he! Churl, upon your eyes I throw all the power this charm can bestow. So awake, when I am gone; for now I must find Oberon,” (Shakespeare 28). Because of this little mishap, the entire love square has been ruined.

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