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No 2Darryl ChanceyAn Essay on William Shakespears A Midsummer Nights DreamThe role and character of Puck or Robin Goodfellow in A Midsummer Nights Dream is not only entertaining but quite useful William Shakespeare seems to have created the character of Puck from his own childhood In Shakespeares time it was believed that fairies and little people did exist Whenever something went wrong around the farmyard or house or village incidents such as buckets of milk accidentally spilling over or tools suddenly disappearing or doors opening for no reason it was blamed on those damn little people The idea of Pucks character is a lovely one One cant help but be attracted to him and his innocent little pranks He is also known by the name Robin Goodfellow The audience can only see this Robin Goodfellow side of Puck when he is trying to fix something he disrupted hence the name GoodfellowWhen compared to Oberon King of the Fairies and Titania Queen of the Fairies and the remaining fairies of the play Puck does not seem to fit in as well While Oberon and Titania belong to the forest and the world of dainty fairies a small village setting seems more appropriate for Puck He is the type of fairy that likes to be around mortals and cause them trouble as opposed to other fairies This is why Pucks little job with a love potion and a young couple is perfect for him and he perfect for the job Puck is a likable character who tends to create mischief around himself Everything is a game to crafty little Puck Yet once he realizes that he has caused a problem he will make sure to the best of his ability and power that it is rectified As in the scene with Hermia and Lysander and Helena and Demetrius When Puck mistook Lysander for Demetrius Shakespeare conveniently had the characters look alike or only slightly individualized
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