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by William Shakespeare

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How does Puck's character compare and contrast with Bottom's character in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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Puck and Bottom are nearly as different as day and night, but one similarity is that both have a compassionate and sensitive nature.

We see Puck's compassionate and sensitive nature when we see that he is moved by what he perceives to be Demetrius's hatred of fair Helena. Oberon, having seen Demetrius scorn Helena in the forest and seeing how love sick she is, tells Puck to apply the flower to Demetrius's eyes so that he falls in love with Helena, righting a grievous wrong. Oberon tells Puck that he will recognize Demetrius by the "Athenian garments he hath on"; however, neither Oberon nor Puck realize that there are actually two Athenian men in the forest that night; therefore, Puck mistakes Lysander for Demetrius, making Lysander fall in love with Helena instead of Hermia. When Puck finds whom he thinks is the correct Athenian man and sees how far away the lady is sleeping from him, having been rejected by him and also sees how...

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