What does Puck's soliloquy mean, at the end of A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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

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I guess you can paraphrase Puck's final soliloquy that ends the play as follows: If the actors and events that you have seen have upset you, I recommend that you imagine it was all a dream and that you were asleep when you saw all of it. Audience, please don't get upset with me. If you pardon us, we will make everything OK. I am an honest kind of guy, and I promise that if you don't boo us, we will make it up. If not then you can call me a liar. So farewell to you all. Please clap your hands if we are friends and I will make it all OK. One of the points that you must realise in this soliloquy is that it touches on a major theme of the play - that of dreams vs reality. In Act V scene 1 we see the lovers debating about whether what happened to them was a dream or real, and here Puck echoes those thoughts to end the play on a very whimsical note. If we are offended by what happened, much better to pretend it was all a dream.
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Wiggin42 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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Puck is apologizing for the upsetting events in the play. Basically, he suggests to the audience that if the fairies' activities upset them, they could pretend it was all a dream and that the audience had merely slept there. Puck's final monologue sets things right with the audience. 

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