Puck and Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream Essay

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One of William Shakespeare’s best remembered plays for its comical and ironic tone is A Midnight’s Summer Dream. There were characters designed to be humorous and that alone. Puck and Bottom behave very much alike, and have similar roles for different people. Both Puck and Bottom are comic relief characters in one way or the other. Both of them are needed for the play, because Puck’s spirits controls the whole story, which sets the tone for it and Bottoms comic relief for the audience and play. Bottom is the first fool or idiot to appear in the play. His first appearance is in Act I, scene ii, when the mechanicals got together. He is part of the groups called mechanicals, who are basically tradesmen who planned to put on a play for the…show more content…
He is best known for his mischievous pranks on which he does on human beings, “mortals”. A few of these pranks are: ... You are that shrewd and knavish sprite Called Robin Goodfellow. Are not you he That frights the maidens of the villagery, Skim milk, and sometimes labor in the quern, And bootless make the breathless housewife churn, And sometime make the drink to bear no barm, Mislead night-wanderers, laughing at their harm? (ll. I. 33-39). These lines show a bit of his character, it shows that he enjoys these pranks and thus has a childish immature side to him, same goes to the person he is a fool for. Although he says these pranks are for his majesty and him alone, he seems to get more of a kick when playing these pranks on the mortals. His obedience to his majesty and his lust for pranks is the main cause for most of the problems in the story. He is the fool of fools, with that being said, his profession is to be a fool. He is also given nicknames in the play; the most memorable nickname is Robin Goodfellow. He provides the atmosphere for most of the story, and his mistakes are responsible for many of the complications that propel the other main plots, which one being the conflicting Athenian lovers. Puck does change within the play and this can be seen when he shows some responsibility in fixing the problem with true love he created between the two Athenian lovers. Puck's craving to entertain himself and his majesty as well as following
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