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by William Shakespeare

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What comedy of errors can be found in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream ?

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A comedy of errors often includes mistaken identity. It can also refer to mistakes made by foolish people.

One example of a comedy of error that we see in A Midsummer Night's Dream is Puck mistaking Demetrius for Lysander. After Oberon witnesses Demetrius being cruel to Helena in the woods, he orders Puck to use the magical flower on Demterius in order to mend Helena's broken heart. However, neither Oberon nor Puck realize that there are actually two Athenian couples in the woods that night; hence, Oberon only tells Puck that he will "know the man / By the Athenian garments he hath on" (II.i.269-270). Therefore, when Puck sees whom he thinks is Helena lying so far away from whom he thinks is Demetrius, he assumes that it is because Demetrius is being cruel to her, rather than that she is trying to preserve her chastity. Puck decides that he has indeed found the correct Athenian man and enchants his eyes using the magic flower....

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