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Some people might think it’s completely obvious that Puck serves as a trickster in Shakespeare’s A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. On the other hand Robert C. Evans points out in his literary criticism, “This Sport Well Carried Shall Be Chronicled”: Puck as a Trickster in Shakespeare’s A Mid-summer Night’s Dream, the assumption that Puck is a trickster shouldn’t be taken so lightly. Many scholars believe there are several traits that make a literary trickster, and different scholars have different ideas on what traits they have. Rather than just assuming Puck is a trickster, Evans provides an argument that actually supports the fact that he is a trickster by comparing his behaviors to some traits of tricksters that many top literary scholars hold in common. Evans’ argument is well supported through the entire essay, as he makes direct references to both A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream and other literary scholars’ papers. It is with these examples of traits that he proves that Puck conforms with the role of other literary tricksters. He takes an argument that many people “have assumed had been too frequently or too extensively discussed to merit any further examination” and provides new, unique, and insightful information that gives the reader a better understanding of Pucks role in not only A Mid-summer Night’s Dream but also is role in the world of literature.
Evans, Robert. “This Sport Well Carried Shall Be Chronicled”: Puck as a Trickster in Shakespeare’s A Mid-summer Night’s Dream. New York: Chelsea House Publishing, 2010. Bloom’s Literary Reference Online. Facts on File, Inc. Web. <http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&SID=5&iPin= BLTTR010&SingleRecord=True.>