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The literary criticism, "This Sport Well Carried Shall Be Chronicled": Puck as Trickster in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream” criticizes the way Shakespeare uses the character Puck as a trickster and how it is too obvious on what he does in the play and that the topic that Puck is a trickster is over used throughout the play. In this article, the controversy was on if Puck should be labeled as a trickster. The article talks about different ways that the word trickster could be interpreted by. For example in the article scholars interpreted Puck as a trickster in this way, “Although tricksters are often "comical if not marginal figures" in many traditions, "they represent sacred beings in some cultures, but not in others" (Hynes and Doty, "Introducing" 7).” One way that Shakespeare could have wanted the audience to interpret Puck is to be scare of what mortals can do and is a trickster to hide that. The author uses the text from a “ A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to prove his argument throughout the article. One example of this is the author references to the speech that Puck makes to Bottom during his transformation into a donkey. “Few speeches by Puck reveal more capacity so many traits of the typical trickster as his gleeful threats to the terrified mechanicals, which flee at their first glimpse of the transformed Bottom: “Puck. I’ll follow you: I’ll lead you about a round! Through bog, through bush, through brake, through briar; sometime a horse I’ll be, sometime a hound, a hog, a headless bear, sometime fire; and neigh, and bark, and grunt, and roar and burn, like horse, hound, hog, bear, fire, at every turn.” This quote from “ A Midsummer Night’s dream emphasizes Puck’s powers as a deceiver. Shakespeare definitely wants the audience to see Puck as a trickster, but Shakespeare may be sending out a message through the character Puck and that message could be that trickster tends to fall into their own traps. In the ariticle the message that Shakespeare is sending out referred too. “He also illustrates yet another common trait of many a trickster—the trickster's tendency to bumble, make mistakes (Doty and Hynes, "Historical" 33), fall "into his own traps," become "the victim of his own ruses" (Makarius 84), and be deceived by his own practical jokes, so that "the inventor of ingenious stratagems is presented as an idiot" and "the master of magical power is sometimes powerless to extricate himself from quandaries" (Makarius 67). I can see the author’s point in this article and it makes sense that the idea of the character Puck can be misinterpreted but I believe Shakespeare didn’t want the character Puck to be misleading and just wanted Puck to be categorized as a trickster and to be a comical aspect to the play. No one will ever really know how Shakespeare wanted Puck to be interpreted by and this leaves the character Puck up for controversy.
Evans, Robert C. "'This Sport Well Carried Shall Be Chronicled': Puck as Trickster in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream." Quoted as "'This Sport Well Carried Shall Be Chronicled': Puck as Trickster in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream" in The Trickster, Bloom's Literary Themes. Bloom, Harold, ed. New York: Chelsea House Publishing, 2010. Bloom's Literary Reference Online. Facts On File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&SID=5&iPin= BLTTR010&SingleRecord=True (accessed February 24, 2013).