Puck reminds us, though, that another reality still exists, one where nighttime is not for lovemaking and fairies, but for terrifying animals and the dead. Kids my age bullied me, but older people always said to me that they think Puck is a great name to have. When I got a little older, I learned that my parents named me after one of Shakespeare's characters. So, even if it has just been on a light-hearted and fun level, my Shakespearean name has always followed me around. The Heart and Soul of the Play Puck loves a good practical joke more than anything else.
Lesson Summary In William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream the character named Puck is a mischievous but mostly harmless spirit. The fact that Puck labels humans mortals as fools, makes it clear that Puck takes humans less seriously than he does creatures in the magical kingdom. One of the aspects that may draw attention is that although Puck seems to appear with most of the characters, he only interacts with Oberon, his master. Bottom's ass head is removed, and he returns to the city to rejoin his friends as they prepare to perform their play. Wright for the image Oberon, Titania and Puck by William Blake, c. The Fairy who is talking to Puck says that she knows who he is. In spite of his abilities, Puck makes a few mistakes in the play that create confusion for the other characters.
The wisest aunt, telling the saddest tale, Sometime for three-foot stool mistaketh me; Then slip I from her bum, down topples she, And 'tailor' cries, and falls into a cough; And then the whole quire hold their hips and laugh, And waxen in their mirth and neeze and swear A merrier hour was never wasted there. On waking, the fairy queen falls in love with the ass and entertains him with her fairies. Oberon begins to plot a way to get revenge on Titania for her disobedience. I have never had a real bad reaction towards it, unless you count being associated with bad luck because of your name. The lovers are woken by Theseus and Hippolyta's hunting party. Life got the better of the latter, but she was loved by all and revered in death. I led them on in this distracted fear And left sweet Pyramus translated there, When in that moment so it came to pass Titania waked, and straightway loved an ass.
Remember when we said that A Midsummer Night's Dream restores social order by reinstating traditional gender hierarchies? This explains why Shakespeare's Puck brags to us about all the times he's been a pest to local villagers by sabotaging vats of ale and ruining the batches of butter that housewives spent all morning churning. Portia Miller, Berkshire Arden - the maiden name of Shakespeare's mother, and the setting for As You Like It Image copyright Lynsey Richards My husband is from Stratford upon Avon, and we live in Belfast. I was in a bookshop there and did offer to sit in a corner and sign some books for visiting tourists - I don't think the shop owner got the joke. Sometimes, when people have only read my name without meeting me in person, they think I am a girl, as my name looks a little bit like Lisanne, which is a common name in Belgium. How shall we beguile The lazy time if not with some delight? These are far from his only names. This comes in handy since he turns out to be quite mischievous later on.
He is the type of fairy that likes to be around mortals and cause them trouble, as opposed to other fairies. The course of true love never did run smooth. Since the typical audience believed in fairies and little people, Puck could be convincing in his role. If you pardon, we will mend. Puck Creemer, Holland Portia - The Merchant of Venice Image copyright Portia Miller My name certainly gets a lot of attention, but people mispronounce it all the time.
Perhaps it isn't surprising that he brings a somewhat more dangerous element to Titania and Oberon's seemingly benevolent fairy realm. He sends his fairy servant, Puck, to fetch a purple flower with juice that makes people fall in love with the next creature they see. My lecturers and fellow students seem to enjoy my name, probably because we study literature and it seems like I was destined for this field of study. . Scot also tells of a man whose head was replaced with the head of a donkey.
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. William Shakespeare, London Macbeth - Macbeth Image copyright Shuna Macbeth Blankenhaus I have always been surrounded with a multitude of cultures and histories, people and experiences, but the one thing that always stays the same, no matter where I am, is the fact that everybody remembers my Shakespearean middle name. Their sense thus weak, lost with their fears thus strong, Made senseless things begin to do them wrong, For briers and thorns at their apparel snatch: Some, sleeves -- some, hats; from yielders all things catch. The Shakespearean connection was not lost on my mother, who was a theatre major in university. The Duke asks Hermia to be obedient to her father. My name has affected my life in negative and positive ways. Ariel was my father's favourite name and he was always intrigued by the shape-shifting sprite seeking freedom, and Ophelia was my great grandmother's name.
I jest to Oberon and make him smile When I a fat and bean-fed horse beguile, Neighing in likeness of a filly foal: And sometime lurk I in a gossip's bowl, In very likeness of a roasted crab, And when she drinks, against her lips I bob And on her wither'd dewlap pour the ale. Lynsey Richards mother of Arden , Northern Ireland Compiled by Andree Massiah. A Midsummer Night's Dream Summary Four Athenians run away to the forest only to have Puck the fairy make both of the boys fall in love with the same girl. As the three couples retire to bed, Puck and the fairies return to bless the palace and its people. He erroneously administers the juice to Lysander, who loves Hermia, thus producing that both men fall in love with the same woman, Helena. The lovers are likewise delightful with great, fun-packed performances by Christian Bale's Demetrius and Dominic West's Lysander in complete tune with Anna Fiel's Hermia and Calista Flockhart's Helena. Despite the fact I didn't like my name when I was younger, I have really grown to love it.