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Puck, also known as Robin Goodfellow, is a character in William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream, based on the ancient figure of Puck found in English mythology.. Puck is a clever, mischievous fairy, sprite, or jester.He is the first of the main fairy characters to appear, and creates the drama of the human lovers' story by splitting up a young couple lost in an enchanted forest.

Nick Bottom is a character in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream who provides comic relief throughout the play. A weaver by trade, he is famously known for getting his head transformed into that of a donkey by the elusive Puck.Bottom and Puck are the only two characters who converse with and progress the three central stories in the whole play.

Puck uses magic throughout the play for comic effect—most notably when he transforms Bottom’s head into that of an ass. This is the most memorable image of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" and demonstrates that while Puck is harmless, he is capable of cruel tricks for the sake of enjoyment.