What is the meaning of Puck's monologue in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream?
Here, Puck is serving as a mouthpiece through which Shakespeare can deliver some exposition to Oberon, who asks him specifically what has been happening in the "haunted grove."
Duly, Puck tells him that his mistress "with a monster is in love." While she was asleep, a crew of people gathered to rehearse a play, which was meant for the wedding day of Theseus. However, one of them (Bottom) left the play and went into a "brake," where Puck gave him the head of a donkey. When he returned to the play, his fellow players, seeing him, scattered and fled the scene, leaving Bottom where he was, with the head of an ass. Titania then came out of her slumber and immediately fell in love with him. Oberon congratulates Puck on what he has...
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