The Antagonist, Shakespeare

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Tales and stories have been told since the beginning of time, handed down from each generation to the next, and each story has left its mark on the listener even if it is not apparent. Parts of the story are remembered and it is the goal of an author or storyteller to leave an impact of each who hears their tale. The idea is to have a plot interesting enough to hold the attention and then to develop conflict those experiencing will remember. Part of the way this is accomplished is through the characters, not always the protagonist, but the antagonist as well. The villain of the story is an individual the audience will pay close attention to and attempt to understand as the storyline unfolds. “There’s something about antagonists that, I…show more content…
Oberon will order Puck to place the juice of a certain flower of the eyes of an Athenian man. Puck will place the potion on the wrong mans eyes and all manner of chaos will ensue. “On the ground sleep sound; I’ll apply to your eye gentle lover, remedy. When thou wak’st, Thou tak’st true delight in the sight of they former lady’s eye; and the country proverb known, that every man should take his own, in your waking shall be shown: Jack shall have Jill, Nought shall go ill; The man shall have his mare again, and all shall be well.”(Midsummer Night’s Dream Act III, Scene II, Lines 462-477) At this moment in the tale Puck is mixing some of the havoc he caused by placing the juice on Lysander’s eyes so he was again will love Hermia. When finally the right man is in love with the right woman the play will be allowed to move towards its conclusion. Unlike the tale of Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ends with joyfulness and wedding nuptials. Puck does show some remorse for the mistakes he made and the pranks he played, as Patricia Vineski puts it, “He then asks the audience for forgiveness, which suggests that he is aware of what he has done, and feels some remorse. However, even as he asks for forgiveness, he reminds the audience of the dangers of the night, of 'graves gaping open and wolves howling at the moon.' He never asks for forgiveness from the
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