The mischievous, quick-witted sprite sets many of the play's events in motion with his magic, by means of both deliberate pranks on the human characters (transforming Bottom's head into that of an ass) and unfortunate mistakes (smearing the love potion on Lysander's eyelids instead of Demetrius's). Read more
Puck, also called Robin Goodfellow, the vivacious fairy, henchman for Oberon, and narrator in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Notorious for his mischievous deeds, Puck makes witty, fanciful asides that serve to guide the play and its outrageous action.
Why does Puck delight in causing chaos and confusion? Puck delights in causing chaos and confusion because he's a fairy, and according to tradition causing mischief is exactly what fairies do. Puck in particular has achieved fame for his many mischievous exploits.
As one of the leading characters in William Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, Puck boasts of his pranks of changing shapes, misleading travelers at night, spoiling milk, frightening young girls, and tripping venerable old dames.
He whizzes around the globe (in forty minutes no less) to fetch Oberon's magic love juice (2.1), and when he accidentally squeezes it in Lysander's eyes (2.2), he sets in motion all the comical misunderstandings that arise from the young lovers' chase through the woods.
How does Puck differ from his fellow fairies? He is beautiful but sad. He is semi-human.
Puck is also an example of a character who is both round and dynamic. He is mischievous and loves playing tricks, which could be seen as negative qualities, but he is also very loyal to his master, and at the end, he seems to truly care about the fate of the Athenian lovers.
How does Puck's interference affect what happens in the play? Hermia/Demetrius - Puck puts potion on Lysander's eyes (Act II. scene ii. 78-80) and in this one action turns these relationships upside down.
Character Traits of Puck
Puck has a miscreant spirit and capricious humor, and along with his magic, sets many of the play's events in motion by means of both deliberate pranks on the human characters and his tendency toward making unfortunate mistakes.
What kind of mood does he create? Puck is a lively character who loves to have fun and play pranks on people. Puck creates a playful and fun mood.
I am feared in field and town. Goblin, lead them up and down.
In Puck's soliloquy, he asks for forgiveness from the audience if any of them felt offended or hurt by the play by referring to the fictional events and characters in The Midsummer Night's Dream as shadows (see below), also comparing the play itself to nothing more than a dream; it was all imaginary and harmless.
Though A Midsummer Night's Dream divides its action between several groups of characters, Puck is the closest thing the play has to a protagonist. His mischievous spirit pervades the atmosphere, and his actions are responsible for many of the complications that develop the main plots in a chaotic way.
Bottom the Ridiculous
In fact, of all of the characters in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bottom is the most humorous. He is a weaver with high aspirations, believing himself to be a fine actor. However, Bottom tends to be overly confident. In fact, he tries the patience of director, Peter Quince, a carpenter.
The troublemaker Puck puts the juice on Demetrius' eyelids, and he also awakens in love with Helena. Hermia has now lost her two suitors to Helena. When the two young men fall asleep, Puck applies an antidote to Lysander's eyes, so eventually the lovers are rightly paired.
Puck uses magic throughout the play for comic effect—most notably when he transforms Bottom's head into that of an ass. ... However, since Puck is prone to making unfortunate mistakes, he smears the love potion on Lysander's eyelids instead of Demetrius's, which leads to unintended results.
The workers' rehearsals in the wood are overheard by Puck, who plays a trick on them by giving Bottom an ass's head. After frightening the others away, Bottom is lured towards the sleeping Titania whom Oberon has anointed with Puck's magic flower juice. ... Puck places restorative juice on Lysander's eyes.
During play rehearsal, Bottom's head is transformed (by Puck) into that of an "ass" (donkey), making him the butt of the play's biggest joke. Clueless that he's been transformed, Puck declares that his friends have run away from him in fear because they're trying to "make an ass" out of him (3.1. 122).
One reason the forest is an important setting in A Midsummer Night's Dream is that the forest creates a dark, wild, mysterious atmosphere in which the magical elements of Shakespeare's plot can be played out. However, more importantly, Elizabethans believed in the supernatural; they especially had a belief in fairies.
What will happen to Titania when she awakens after Oberon anoints her with the flower nectar? Titania will fall in love with the first person or beast she sees. In 2.2. 47–50, Hermia and Lysander have a slight disagreement.
Oberon is technically Puck's boss, as king of the fairies, but Puck is responsible for much of the action in A Midsummer Night's Dream and in many ways appears to be managing the plot.
2 : a mischievous sprite : hobgoblin specifically, capitalized : robin goodfellow.
Puck earned his reputation as a hobgoblin by playing pranks, some mean, on both humans and animals as we can see by the fairy's declaring, “…you are that shrewd and knavish sprite….” The name Puck, which is not Robin Goodfellow's actual name, means hobgoblin and often is used interchangeably with the hobgoblin's actual ...
How does Puck prevent Lysander and Demetrius from fighting? He confuses the would-be combatants until they are hopelessly lost. He pretends to be Helena, leading Lysander far away from Demetrius. He casts a spell that prevents the would-be combatants from finding each other.