A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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What are the physical traits of Puck in Midsummer Night's Dream?

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Like all of the rest of Shakespeare's characters, Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream is never directly characterized. However, there is much about his appearance that we can conclude from the dialogue surrounding him. We know from the play that, like the other fairies and sprites, Puck is a small version of a human. Puck moves very quickly and erratically, and is able to shape-shift into the likeness of others and objects.

In regards to performances of the character Puck, he is usually portrayed as a younger, bare-chested man with a more feminine physique and hairless body, and it is not at all unheard of for the role to be played by a young woman. He is often clothed in garbs of leaves and other forest materials. There are...

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