A monologue from the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare

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About this Monologue

  • Character: Puck
  • Gender: Male
  • Type of monologue / Character is: Descriptive, Mocking, Reminiscing life story/Telling a story
  • Type: Comic
  • Period: Renaissance
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Description: Puck tells fairies' king Oberon that Titania has fallen in love with Bottom
  • Location: ACT II, Scene 3

Summary

The play revolves around three plots, all connected by the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, with the legenday Queen of the Amazons, Hyppolita. In the first plot, Egeus, a noblemen, appears at Theseus' court with his daughter Hermia and two men, Demetrius and Lysander. Egeus wants her daughter to marry Demetrius but Hermia is in love with Lysander. Her father urges her to change her mind or else she could even be executed. Lysander and Hermia, however, plan to elope and get married outside of Athens. They confide in Helena who in turn is in love with Demetrius. She tells Demetrius about their plan so that ...

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PUCK
My mistress with a monster is in love.
Near to her close and consecrated bower,
While she was in her dull and sleeping hour,
A crew of patches, rude mechanicals,
That work for bread upon Athenian stalls,
Were met together to rehearse a play
Intended for great Theseus' nuptial-day.
The shallowest thick-skin of that barren sort,
Who Pyramus presented, in their sport
Forsook his scene and enter'd in a brake
When I did him at this advantage take,
An ass's nole I fixed on his head:
Anon his Thisbe must be answered,
And forth my mimic comes. When they him spy,
As wild geese that the creeping fowler eye,
Or russet-pated choughs, many in sort,
Rising and cawing at the gun's report,
Sever themselves and madly sweep the sky,
So, at his sight, away his fellows fly;
And, at our stamp, here o'er and o'er one falls;
He murder cries and help from Athens calls.
Their sense thus weak, lost with their fears
thus strong,
Made senseless things begin to do them wrong;
For briers and thorns at their apparel snatch;
Some sleeves, some hats, from yielders all
things catch.
I led them on in this distracted fear,
And left sweet Pyramus translated there:
When in that moment, so it came to pass,
Titania waked and straightway loved an ass.



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