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In Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream Puck serves as Shakespeares voice in the play He is no ordinary character shown by the fact he is the only singleton in the play taking him out of both the fairy and mortal world Puck not only wields the characters to his liking but also his audience When Puck causes both Lysander and Demetrius to fall in love with Helena he says Shall we their fond pageant see Lord what fools theses mortals be The former displays that Puck looks upon the trouble he caused for the lovers as part of a play that he has created In contrast to Oberon who is appalled by the scene that transpires and tells Puck he must Still thou mistake to Puck the mortals are only fools actors things to be manipulated Puck influences the characters as would an author suggesting the symbolism between Shakespeare and Puck The parallel between Shakespeare and Puck is intensified by the stark separation seen between Puck and virtually all other character in the show Not only is he the only singleton he finds the events that take place funny as a member of the audience would feeling no remorse for the lovers Then fate oerrules Puck comments unmoved by the lovers woe that one man holding troth a million fail confounding oath on oath Unlike Oberon and the mortals who take the Pucks doings seriously as one would in real life Puck knows it is only a dream a passing moment a scene a play Pucks closing statement in a Midsummer Nights Dream illuminates this If we shadows have offended think but this and all be mended That you have but slumbered here while these visions did appear It also confirms that he has a heightened understanding of what has taken place than the other characters in the performance do he knows he has just put on a play and is aware
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