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.

Summary

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Characters

See a complete list of the characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in-depth analyses of Puck, Nick Bottom, Helena, Theseus, and Hermia.

Literary Devices

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Quizzes

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Essays

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Further Study

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