The Behaviour of Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream
'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is a play where the line between dream and
reality disappears. It's about how love is magical. The play was
written around 1598 and would have been preformed in the Globe
Theatre. It is a comedy, because like almost all of Shakespeare's
comedies it ends in marriage. In the play we get introduced to a
character named Puck. He is a fairy and a loyal servant to Oberon. I
have chosen Puck because he is the pivotal character in this play. I
believe Puck is good and I will prove this by examining a few scenes
in the play to prove is essentially a good character.
Puck first appears in Act 2 Scene 1 when he runs into another fairy.
We find out he is boastful and quite proud of himself because the
fairy asks him if he is 'that shrewd and knavish sprite'. The words
the fairy uses to describe him are 'shrewd', 'knavish' and 'sprite'.
Shrewd because she thinks that he is very mean and nasty and the
knavish meaning the fairy thinks he's childish and quite naïve because
he doesn't know the outcome of his actions and how they may hurt
people. The word sprite comes out quite strongly because a sprite is
an evil spirit, while Puck is meant to be a sweet fun loving fairy.
Puck simply replies:
'I am that merry wanderer of the night'
He uses the word 'merry', which is used to describe drunks e.g. he's a
bit merry. So he might think of himself just having some drunken fun
or the word is also used for children so he may think of himself as a
big little boy, like a sort of 'Peter Pan' or something having good
fun. He also seems good because apparently those that call him
'Hobgoblin' and 'Sweet Puck' he does their work 'and they shall have
good luck'. We also see him being very loyal to his master Oberon at
the beginning of Act 2 Scene 2 because he says:
'fear not, my lord; your servant shall do so'
So he is willing to do anything for his master. So others so far may
not think very highly of him but I still believe he is a good
In Act 3 Scene 1 we see something, which may show Puck's nasty side
looming because he gives Bottom an asses head. But later Puck says:
'I'll follow you: I'll lead you about around'
So we see he's just playing a game with them leading them 'about
around' just to amuse himself, here we...