Puck - ProtagonistHi, I have to write an essay on why Puck is the protagonist. I think I can do the intro and conclusion pretty easily. What worries me though is the BP1 BP2 BP3 I need quote in...

Puck - Protagonist

Hi,

I have to write an essay on why Puck is the protagonist. I think I can do the intro and conclusion pretty easily. What worries me though is the

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I need quote in each one. Looking for any good reading, quotes that would go well for each paragraph and any discussion that you would put in. I'm not looking for someone to write them for me, just help and ideas.

Thanks!

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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One thing you might wish to consider is the emphasis in the play placed on the artificiality of drama and the way action is stagemanaged. There is a very good case for arguing that, based on this theme, Puck is a kind of handyman, running around setting in place all the ingredients necessary for the action to follow. If you take this view, Oberon would be the director, who stage manages everything and has his "fairies" in the form of Puck to make it all happen - but with disastrous results when you get it wrong! However, to my mind, Puck is so much more than that as well - you will want to analyse his speech and consider his motives for his actions. For example, do you think he made a mistake with annointing the eyes of Lysander instead of Demetrius deliberately, or is this another example of Puck as a force of chaos, a mischief maker, which he himself seems to delight in during his introductory speech in Act 2 scene 1. Another question would be why does Shakespeare give Puck the final word? Just some ideas for you to think through. Hope it is helpful!

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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What is your intro and/or thesis?  Your points will come from that...for instance, if you say that Puck is the protagonist because he is behind all the action in the play, you will need to show through your reasons and points/examples that he is behind the action in the play.  He goes to get the juice from the flower, he puts the juice on the eyes of the sleepers, he helps the lovers get back to the right couplings, he helps cause the problems for the actors and for Hippolyta.  Be sure to give specific examples from each scene to prove your points.  This is where your quotes will come in...take them from the play itself to show Puck's involvement, thus making him the protagonist of the play.

Good Luck!

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cashew123 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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What is your intro and/or thesis?  Your points will come from that...for instance, if you say that Puck is the protagonist because he is behind all the action in the play, you will need to show through your reasons and points/examples that he is behind the action in the play.  He goes to get the juice from the flower, he puts the juice on the eyes of the sleepers, he helps the lovers get back to the right couplings, he helps cause the problems for the actors and for Hippolyta.  Be sure to give specific examples from each scene to prove your points.  This is where your quotes will come in...take them from the play itself to show Puck's involvement, thus making him the protagonist of the play.

Good Luck!

when u say

"e puts the juice on the eyes of the sleepers, he helps the lovers get back to the right couplings, he helps cause the problems for the actors and for Hippolyta."

what act, scene was that part in

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