How does Shakespeare create a sense of magic in the atmosphere in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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One of the clear ways in which Shakespeare creates a sense of magic in this masterful comedy is through the inclusion of fairies. Fairies in Elizabethan times were thought of to be bad spirits who played tricks on people and were responsibile for disease, illness and misfortune. We see this attitude mirrored in the character of Puck and his delight in relating the various tricks he has played to Titania's fairy in Act II Scene 1. However, Shakespeare was responsible for creating the idea of the fairies we think of today - small, elfy-type creatures with gossamer...

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