The role of the fairies in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
In Elizabethan times, fairies were known to have existed. Evidence of this is when Theseus says “it’s nearly fairy time.” All though they believed in Robyn Goodfellow, the fairy that helped with household chores, they sometimes saw fairies in very negative light. But Shakespeare portrays fairies in a positive way. He creates very magical scenes between the fairies and mortal world. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream we can see the connections between the mortal and fairy world. Shakespeare is very clever with the way he uses his imagination for the fairies, it fits in with the era he is writing to as they believed in fairies.
Puck is a mischievous, quick witted fairy. He is sometimes known as Robin Good-fellow. He is a very elaborate and colourful character. He plays one of the main parts in the play, as many of the ‘mix ups’ with love potions and other disasters were all down to Puck. He is portrayed as a spirit, an imp and sometimes referred to as ‘Hobgoblin’ by one of Titania’s fairies. These descriptions made by other fairies, show that Puck may have meant to be seen as rather bizarre looking. As Oberon’s assistant he gets the chance to play cruel but harmless tricks on people, for example; when he transformed Bottom’s head into an ass, purely for the sake of enjoyment. He was known for playing pranks; he could change his shape which leads him to misleading travellers at night, frightening old gossips and spoiling milk. He was very good at imitating people, so he could fool Lysander and Demetrius in the forest by leading the two of them in opposite directions. Yet puck inherited the name Robin Good-Fellow for his good hearted ways. He would help out with household chores and do many other helpful jobs. Puck worships Oberon, he really loves to please his King; he says “I’ll put a girdle round the earth in forty minutes,” to try and impress the King. When he makes mistakes he is egger to...