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Can someone think of a list of adjectives to describe Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?

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badmanhoax | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 20, 2009 at 3:26 PM via web

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Can someone think of a list of adjectives to describe Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?

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robertwilliam | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted March 20, 2009 at 10:37 PM (Answer #1)

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Puck, in fact, has spawned an adjective all of his own "puckish". And if you look at that word a little, and think about what it might mean, or what its synonyms might be, you get a very clear idea of what adjectives might represent Puck.

I've put some ideas below:

impish
whimsical
mischievous
naughty
daring
quicksilver
mercurial

Remember though, that these adjectives and their base in a common (actually a Victorian) conception of Puck aren't necessarily what is in Shakespeare's play. Puck in the actual play is nastier, enjoys the sufferings of the mortals, and can change himself (look at his first scene with the First Fairy) into cups, stools, and horses to baffle and confuses humans and animals alike.

So think carefully - and check against Shakespeare's play what you put down.

Hope it helps!

Hope it helps!

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