The fairies are responsible for the comedic aspect of this play and without them it could not have been comedic. The fairies represent a realm of carefree and amazingly enjoyable freedom that the members of the human world want to have but cannot because of the structure and laws. The fairies also show that their culture and society are not completely devoid of human qualities when Robin makes the mistake of placing the nectar on Lysander instead of Demetrius. The human actors in the play are a form of entertainment to their viewers in the human world, while the fairies are the entertainment of the woods and those who experience them. Humans are known for making mistakes all the time and the fact that Robin mistakes Lysander for Demetrius shows that he too suffers from error and is not infallible.
In addition, his character always puts a twist on the plot for comedic effect, admitting that, “As this their jangling I esteem a sport” (III.ii.353). Puck views his practical jokes as a game, not to be taken seriously. Without his lighthearted spirit, it would simply be a dull, happy ending without any sign of conflict or humor. Shakespeare also emphasizes through Puck that human beings cannot be in control of love because it is much too powerful and complicated. He does so by alluding to the mythical god of romance as he remarks, “Cupid is a knavish lad, thus to make poor females mad” (III.ii.4... ... middle of paper ... ...e’s assertion that through magic, everything appears to be a dream.
People such as Romeo, Friar Laurence, and Capulet are people who are made out to be wise, but,in the end, they make all the wrong decisions. Mercutio serves as a foil to all these characters. He is considered by every character in the play to be a fool, but, in the long run, he is the one whois the wisest. He brings a sense of comic relief as well as a reality check to many of the character’s inthe play. Although he can be seen as a laughable youth, his character serves to show how manyof the so-called wiser characters are actually fools.
With the little character development in A Midsummer Night’s Dream along with no true protagonist, it could be generally stated one of the more important characters throughout the play is Puck, played by Grace Kirkpatrick. Puck is a clever, mischievous sprite who serves as the jester of Oberon, the Fairy King. Kirkpatrick does a phenomenal job of making Puck become realistically alive. It was shown throughout the play that Puck seems to love a good practical joke more than anything else. After transforming Bottom's head into an "ass," he declares "My mistress with a monster is in love" (3.2.6).
Puck suggests to both the watchers and, consequently, to the readers, that if they did not enjoy the tale, they should pretend it was a dream, an impression so convincing that at times the audience is left confused. The lines from the last stanza communicate the ending of the play to be ironic and humorous, much in the same way as the rest of the story was told. The general plot, with certain characters implementing stresses on jokes more than others, also contributed to the humor in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shakespeare had a way of placing puns in this play, such as when Puck states,"[a]nd, as I am and honest Puck/ Else the Puck a liar call". (G. J. Thomas R. Arp) In Shakespeare's time the Puck was a mischievous nature sprite or fairy (Teller).
'Auditor' means he will listen and watch for his chance for mischief. 'Actor too perhaps' he will join in probably in a mischievous way.... ... middle of paper ... ... you befriend him with your applause, he will befriend you with his magic. Puck gives a fitting end to the play, as the audience has come to love the little fellow known as Robin Goodfellow. He tells them the morals behind the play. He does this in a melodical way, Shakespeare does this because the audience already knows that when Puck speaks in blank verse he is serious and not happy.
Some say that the character of Dobby the house-elf is reminiscent of the legends of Puck which Shakespeare based his Puck on (Wright). However, there is a character that more thoroughly echoes Puck than Dobby. That character is that of Hogwarts’ resident poltergeist: Peeves. He resembles Puck in not only personality, but also in situation. They both play harmless pranks on unsuspecting individuals within their respective domains.
Puck is a mischievous sprite, involved with most magical events in the play. Often playing tricks for his own enjoyment or by his master, Oberon’s, commands, Puck is depicted as a young, deceptive character. When first discovered as Robin Goodfellow, a well known trickster, Puck proudly claims the identity, quickly mentioning his best schemes. Puck says “I am the merry wanderer of the night” (II.i.43). Puck professes his role as a trickster, smiling at the thought of his pranks.
He knows he is an idiot but he does not realize he is literally an ass; he is oblivious to the subject. This displays that transformation can go without notice as someone changes. Love transformation Throughout A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare displays various different kinds of transformations through love. The switching of admiration between characters and the ability love has to transform one can be observed through various aspects of this play. The l... ... middle of paper ... ... relationship will reunite.
They look up to and respect Bottom for his confidence and acting ability, but Bottom later makes a fool of himself in the play by over dramatizing the part of Pyramus, especially when he performs the death of Pyramus. Michael Hoffman’s adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings a classical play to a modern audience and makes it an exciting and humorous experience. This is accomplished most notably with the direction he gives to the two characters discussed. The animated humor of Bottom and the slightly more subtle badgering of other characters brought forth by Puck creates a certain amount of attachment to the movie by the viewer. The cinematic version of Shakespeare’s play is well adapted to a modern audience, especially through the characters of Puck and Nick Bottom.