A Midsummer Night’s Dream By Shakespeare

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Shakespeare has a way of creating his characters so the audience can relate to them in a way. In his villains we see the negative characteristics that are in ourselves and others around us; things that often define the “natural man” such as greed or jealousy. With the entire terrible and treacherous thing that Shakespeare makes his villains do, he always manages to make them human in a way. As if he is meaning to display that no matter how twisted a person can be, they are still a person. In Shakespeare’s plays Othello, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the villains share the characteristics of greed, clever and conniving ways, and recklessness; however, they all bring their own features to the table.
The first of the villains is Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; he is clever, reckless, and very mischievous, these characteristics tend to get him into trouble. Sometimes referred to as Robin or Robing Goodfellow, Puck is a trickster by nature and loves to play pranks on others, by this, he and Bottom actually progress the three central stories of the play. Puck is introduced first and creates drama in the lovers’ story by messing up who loves whom. Puck also turns Bottoms head into an ass and makes Titania fall in love with him so he might bring the Indian boy/slave for Oberon, the fairy king. Puck introduces himself in Act two, Scene one by saying, “ I am that merry wanderer of the night./I jest to Oberon and make him smile/When I a fat and bean-fed horse beguile,/Neighing in likeness of a filly foal:/And sometime lurk I in a gossip's bowl,/In very likeness of a roasted crab,/And when she drinks, against her lips I bob/And on her wither'd dewlap pour the ale./The wisest aunt, telling the saddest tale,/Sometime for three-foot stool mistaketh me;/Then slip I from her bum, down topples she,/And 'tailor' cries, and falls into a cough;/And then the whole quire hold their hips and laugh,/And waxen in their mirth and neeze and swear/A merrier hour was never wasted there.” (Act II, Scene I) In all the mischief that Puck causes throughout the play, it is apparent that he doesn’t really mean to make bad things happen, he is only trying to have a little fun. The definition of a villain only loosely applies; especially when in comparison with some of Shakespeare’s other villains.
King Claudius is the initial villain in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, and is the cause of many, arguably all, of the death’s in the play. Claudius is defined by his greed, his conniving actions, and his overall recklessness by his demise in the end of the play. Claudius killed his brother, Hamlet, Sr., King of Denmark; by pouring poison is ear while he was sleeping in his garden. As if that wasn’t enough, he married King Hamlet’s wife, Gertrude, and gained the title King Claudius. He thinks he has gotten away with his conniving plan and his greed had been fulfilled, until young Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, looks into his father’s death after he meets his father’s ghost on the...

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