Of the villager skim milk and sometimes labor in the

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of the villager, Skim milk, and sometimes labor in the quern and bootless make the breathless huswife churn, And sometime make the drink to bear no barm, Mislead night wanderers, laughing at their harm? Those that ‘Hobgoblin’ call you, and ‘sweet Puck,’ You do their work and they shall have good luck. Are not you he?” (II.1.32-42)
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This quote may be difficult to understand, but it is basically a conversation between one of Titania’s fairies and Puck. When the fairy first meets Puck, she asks him if he is the one who played all the pranks mentioned in the quote to the mortals on Earth. And Puck responds to that by agreeing with her with, what seems like, no shame. From this section of the play, one can infer that Puck was not suppose to be on the “good” side and later in the book, he was bound to mess something up. That is just the beginning. When the reader starts to progress, they would get the impression that Puck really IS the antagonist, and not the protagonist, as the critics say. When Oberon is trying to “steal” the Indian boy from Titania, he tells Puck to retrieve a magical plant that was accidentally shot at by Cupid, so that he could anoint it onto Titania. The first person that Titania sees after the plant is anointed onto her; she will fall in love with. This would distract her, giving Oberon enough time to easily take the Indian boy for himself. So after Puck retrieves the plant, Oberon tells him that he noticed something with two Athenian youths. There was as woman that loved a man with all her life, but the man refused to love her back, as he was already in love with someone else. So Oberon tells Puck to apply the magical plant onto the man that refuses another woman’s true love. Now, at this point, the reader might seem as if a good deed is being done. But there is yet another problem created because of this. Not only does Puck not solve the problem he was sent out to, but he creates another one.
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