I am performing a close reading on a Puck monologue found on page 47. In this blog post, I have decided to ignore the context of the play, and have this short passage act as a poem that stands alone.
I would like to first note that like most of Shakespeare’s plays, in this specific passage the schematic theme is AABB, which makes Puck’s monologue flow very naturally. It is interesting to note how Puck, who is supposed to bring humor and comedic relief to play focuses on such strong emotions and ideas throughout his monologue like “stirring in love” and “all the power” (2.2.68-78) that love can hold on someone. And while Puck is frustrated that it has taken him so long to find an “Athenian” (2.2.66), and he expresses so quite humorously in a monologue, a part of me wonders whether or not Shakespeare intended for his readers to look deeper into the language that was offered. Is Puck’s mischievous and humorous character really only there for comedic relief and enjoyment? Or is there hidden messages in what he does or doesn’t say? I believe that the words and diction that Puck’s character uses is purposeful to get the characters to become more and more interested in the this love quadrangle that we see so evident in this story. In my past experiences related to reading Shakespeare, I have always gathered that nothing is at it may seems, and the littlest of details can be the most important of facts. Since this is my first time reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I often find myself rereading some of these passages and questioning if I am missing something, because as entertaining as a love story can be, I know that there is usually some hidden messages reflecting upon society hidden in literature.