A Midsummer Nights Dream

Topics: Titania / Pages: 7 (1570 words) / Published: Sep 2nd, 2013
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a classic Shakespearean romantic comedy, which attempts to touch the viewer’s heart through its light hearted characters with the combination of love and humor. It is light-hearted through the placement of the characters in humorous situations. There is slight character development and no true protagonist, but critics commonly agree to Puck being the most significant character in the play; where Bottom is the “butt” of his own jokes, Puck is the primary driving force of the plot. It’s Puck’s mischief that begins the chaos and his playful character that sets the tone of the play. Puck, a clever fairy, always fixes the problems he creates, and messes with the ignorant characters, which initiates many of the play’s events with his misuse of his magic, pranking the human characters.
Puck's role as a comedian is largely played out as the instigator of pranks and mischief, given power by his status as a well-known fairy associated with Oberon and Titania. Puck is in control of the comedy and all of his jokes are intentional and clever, usually at the expense of another. And although he has created all that chaos, at the end he resolves his mistakes by restoring the love balance in the two couples of lovers, impossible without his intervention. Shakespeare gives Puck the final speech in the epilogue, which is usually saved for the main protagonist. A Midsummer Night’s Dream can be summed up by the last stanza of the play, spoken by Puck "If we shadows have offended think but this and all is mended: that you have slumb'red here 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 scape the serpents tongue we will make amends ere long ;else the Puck al lair call Give me your hands, if we be friends and Robin shall restore amends” (5.2.392-407). Puck speaks these lines to address to the audience near the end of A Midsummer Night’s Dream,

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