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Magic, buffoonery, confusion, transformation - all the elements of this marvellous play are shown to students through brilliant production photographs and a modern narration. Colour photographs from a variety of productions show the pandemonium created by the dispute between the fairy king and queen and Puck's interference in the mortal world.

Bottom's transformation, the lovers' confused pursuit through the woods and the power attributed to a fairy or spirit become much clearer when students can see how others have visualised them. Two modern narrators provide background information, guide students and clarify events. Their dialogue clearly marked in the text as not being part of Shakespeare's play explains, where necessary, things that would not be immediately obvious to present day students - such as Puck's reputation for mischief. They summarise the action and prepare students for what is going to happen, guiding them through the twists and turns of the plot and supporting their understanding of the original text.

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When ordering online, UK Schools and Colleges can choose to be sent an invoice rather than pay online. Just select 'invoice me' while checking out. Here comes Oberon. Puck is the servant of the fairy king Oberon , who is angry with Titania the fairy queen.

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Oberon is jealous of Titania's fondness for her Indian slave boy. Puck is sent to fetch a flower that, having been struck by Cupid 's arrows, now has the power to induce love in anyone who drinks its juices. Puck is then instructed by Oberon to use the love flower to fix the love entanglement occurring between the Athenian lovers who are on a merry chase in the forest. He mistakenly administers the charm to the sleeping Lysander instead of Demetrius.

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Puck provides Nick Bottom with a donkey's head so that Titania will fall in love with a beast and forget her attachment to the slave boy, allowing Oberon to take the child from her. Later, Puck is ordered by Oberon to fix the mistake he has made, by producing a dark fog, leading the lovers astray within it by imitating their voices, and then applying the flower to Lysander's eyes, which will cause him to fall back in love with Hermia. The four lovers wonder if the events that occurred in the forest were real, or merely a shared delusion or, to put it another way, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

At the end of the play Act 5 Scene 1 Puck delivers a speech in which he addresses the audience directly, and suggests that anyone who might have been offended by the play's events should, like the characters, consider that the whole performance was just a bad dream:. If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumber'd here While these visions did appear. And this weak and idle theme, No more yielding but a dream, Gentles, do not reprehend: If you pardon, we will mend: And, as I am an honest Puck, If we have unearned luck Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue, We will make amends ere long; Else the Puck a liar call; So, good night unto you all.

Give me your hands, if we be friends, And Robin shall restore amends.


The original texts of Shakespeare's plays do not have cast lists, and can sometimes be inconsistent about what they call characters, but Puck's is a particularly awkward case. Both the Quarto and the First Folio call the character "Robin Goodfellow" on the first entrance, but "Puck" later in the same scene, and they remain inconsistent.

The Arden Shakespeare calls the character "Puck", and amends all stage directions but not actual dialogue that refer to the character as "Robin" or "Robin Goodfellow". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Guardian. Retrieved 11 April East Anglian Daily Times. The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare. Oxford University Press. Edinburgh University Press. Retrieved 15 October — via Google Books. A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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