In what way does Puck’s spirit dominate the mood of  A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Explain in detail and use evidence (quotes) from the play

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The mischevious character of Puck dominates the mood of the play Midsummer Night's Dream through the tricks he plays on the mortals who become lost in the forest outside of Athens on the eve of Theseus and Hippolyta's wedding.  Even when we first meet him in Act 2, it is clear that Puck is happiest when he's causing mischief for mortals. He tells the fairy he meets: "I am that merry wanderer of the night," going on to list his "crimes" in a gleeful manner. Puck underscores the silliness of the various groups of mortals, be they upper or lower class. When he says "Lord what fools these mortals be," the audience is encouraged to understand that he sees them as both a nuisance and as entertainment - sport to relieve his boredom.  Even though he is commanded by Oberon, Puck retains enough independence to act on his own. When he sees Bottom and the mechanicals rehearsing near Titania's bower, he determines to teach them a lesson at the same time that he is assisting Oberon in playing a trick on the Fairy Queen.  

When he accidentally puts the love-juice into the eyes of the wrong young Athenian, instead of being sorry, he is proud of himself and wants Oberon to be proud too. Still, he is not necessarily malicious. In the epilogue, he appeals to the audience to "give me your hands if we be friends, and Robin will restore amends."

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