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A Midsummer Nights Dream: Three variations of Puck's monologue - YouTube

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VIDEO: I chose this video because it was interesting to see how three different actors could dramatically change Puck's monologue. The two characters in the beginning had completely different versions of his monologue. The first one was supposed to be a more modern representation of Puck. I felt the first one really displayed Puck's trickster side. The way the actor moved on stage gave me the sense that puck was a trickster. However the second version of the monologue captured his more fairy- prince  side. Puck in this version seemed more relaxed good natured, unlike the first version with Puck's erratic movements.

 

TheJmbyrne. "A Midsummer Nights Dream: Three variations of Puck's monologue." Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube, 4 Dec. 2012. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.

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Tyler "Fry-Dog" Freiberger's comment, March 11, 2014 8:27 AM
Hey Stuart, I found it very intersting that you decided to use three differnet variations of Puck for your presentation to illustrate how much his character is utilized by directors and actors in dramas.
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Puck

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IMAGE: From previous knowledge of Puck, I have always thought of him as perpetually young, around the age of a teenager. I have always thought this because Puck is known for being mischievous and immature, which are characteristics mostly contributed with teenagers. However the movie watched in class depicts Puck as an older fairy. In my opinion Puck being an older man implies the idea of him being more mature and wise. This interpretation takes away from the mythological versions of Puck and his immature antics.

 

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Shakespeare's Inspiration for Puck

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SOURCE ARTICLE: Fairies although normally perceived as small, winged creatures with a passion for mischief, are seen in a different light in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Puck,The fairy trickster  plays a large role in the novel, with being responsible for the multiple love triangles that occur throughout the play. Puck's many qualities and characteristics in A Midsummers Night's Dream, may have been inspired from the many different mythical versions of the fairy, from various different forms of stories and old tales. In a Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare makes Puck seem to be a immature, trickster fairy, with no bad intentions towards humans. Shakespeare may have gained his inspiration from the Old English "pūca"  as well as Celtic and Welsh folklore. In English and Irish folklore Puck is seen as a shapeshifter with a passion for mischief, much like Shakespeare's version. However his neutral feelings towards humans may have been inspired  by the "pwca" of Welsh folklore, where Puck is a house fairy that can assist the people of the house with cleaning, cooking, etc. until the family is no longer to his liking., Which Puck then returns to his spiteful, mischevious ways

 

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Breatnach, Deasun. "The Puca: A Multi-Functional Irish Supernatural Entity." Folklore 104.1/2 (1993): 105. Literary Reference Center. Web. 25 Feb. 2014.

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Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream | Stuart Daniels A Midsummer Night's Dream | Scoop.it
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LITERARY CRITICISM: This Literary Criticism talks mainly about Puck and compares him to what the ideal definition of a trickster should be. The author uses the definition of a trickster and compares Puck in a Midsummer Night's dream to that definition. The author also utilizes Puck and his multiple different folkloric versions in his criticism.  The author's argument towards Puck ultimately being a trickster, is a valid argument. The  author mentions Puck's tendency to mislead night wanderers and how this associates him as a deceiver and trickster. In my research I read about Puck in Irish folklore and found that Puck would take the form of a horse a take night wanderers for rides and scare them. Also in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Puck helps Oberon lead Demetrius and Lysander away from eachother during the night. Puck's actions in this scene help support the fact that Puck is a trickster and a deceiver.

 

Evans, Robert C. ""This Sport Well Carried Shall Be Chronicled": Puck as Trickster in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream." Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 2 Mar. 2014 <http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=103230&SID=5&iPin=BLTTR010&SingleRecord=True>.

 

 

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Bryan Ready's comment, March 6, 2014 4:51 PM
Stuart, you had a very good presentation. I liked how you themed your whole Scoop.it around Puck . I especially like your historical article about tricksters in modern day media. I also like how well you linked all of your articles to the play.
Cole Hollis 's comment, March 11, 2014 8:31 AM
I agree with Bryan on this, Stuart you did a great job of centering your project on a hard character to understand in the play. You helped me visualize not only what Puck looked like but what his key role was in the play. Unlike Bryan I personally like your image the best because I have seen many variations of Pucks image. Great job Stuart, awesome presentation!
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Puck in Modern Day Media

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HISTORICAL ARTICLE: The legend of Puck has survived multiple centuries. Although the actual character of Puck is not common among media today the idea of the fairy trickster is still in use today. Cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny have characteristics that make this iconic rabbit a trickster. The actual character of Puck may not be involved, however the idea of Puck and his mischievous ways are seen in media today.

 

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Wilson, Samuel M. "Trickster Treats." Natural History 100.10 (1991): 4. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 27 Feb. 2014.

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Jake R. Girard's comment, March 7, 2014 10:50 PM
Stuart, I liked how you were able to tie the ideals of Puck into a more modern medium, such as cartoons. This helped me understand exactly what Puck was intending to do, and how to interpret his actions in the play. Overall, I thought your presentation was very well done, and it helped me grasp exactly what Shakespeare was intending with the character of Puck.
Bryan Ready's comment, March 10, 2014 3:48 PM
I agree with what Jake said. I really liked how you were able to find something to help you, and others, better understand the play and how it can also have a modern interpretation. Thanks.