First performed around 1596, Shakespeare’s comic fantasy of four lovers who find themselves bewitched by fairies is a sly reckoning with love, jealousy and marriage. For centuries it’s been one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays. Read a character analysis of Puck, plot summary, and important quotes.
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Questions & Answers
Explore our selection of frequently asked questions about A Midsummer Night’s Dream and find the answers you need.
- What is Egeus so upset about in the play’s first scene?
- Why do Peter Quince and his fellow craftsmen want to perform a play for Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding?
- Why does Oberon order Puck to fetch the magic flower?
- Why does Puck delight in causing chaos and confusion?
- What causes the animosity between Hermia and Helena?
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