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A Midsummer Night's Dream | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Course Hero Literature Instructor Russell Jaffe explains the main characters in William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.

A Midsummer Night's Dream | Characters

Character Description
Puck The fairy Puck, also known as Robin Goodfellow, is Oberon's mischievous servant. Read More
Bottom Overconfident and oblivious Nick Bottom, a weaver, is one of the "rude mechanicals" and plays Pyramus in the play-within-a-play. Read More
Helena Helena, a young Athenian woman, loves Demetrius, who loves Hermia. Read More
Hermia Hermia, a young Athenian woman, wants to marry Lysander, but her father (Egeus) demands she marry Demetrius instead. Read More
Titania Titania, queen of the fairies, is Oberon's wife. Read More
Oberon Oberon, king of the fairies, is Titania's husband. Read More
Cobweb Cobweb is one of Titania's fairy servants.
Demetrius Demetrius is a young Athenian man who was once in love with Helena but now wants to marry Hermia.
Egeus Egeus is Hermia's father. He demands she marry Demetrius.
Francis Flute Flute, a bellows-mender, plays Thisbe in the play-within-a-play.
Hippolyta The queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta is recently bested in battle by Theseus and is now engaged to him.
Lysander Lysander is a young Athenian man in love with Hermia, who loves him back.
Mote Mote (in some versions called Moth) is one of Titania's fairy servants.
Mustardseed Mustardseed is one of Titania's fairy servants.
Peaseblossom Peaseblossom is one of Titania's fairy servants.
Philostrate Philostrate must choose the entertainment for Theseus and Hippolyta's wedding festivities.
Peter Quince Quince is a carpenter who wrote the play based on the tale of Pyramus and Thisbe.
Tom Snout Snout, a tinker, plays Wall in the play-within-a-play.
Snug Snug is a joiner who plays the lion in the play-within-a-play.
Robin Starveling Starveling, a tailor, plays Moonshine in the play-within-a-play.
Theseus Theseus is the duke of Athens whose upcoming wedding to Hippolyta provides the time frame of the play.
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