A Midsummer Night's Dream

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Characters

Robin Goodfellow (Puck)

A type of fairy called a "puck," Puck is Oberon's faithful servant, but is also mischievous and enjoys nothing more than playing tricks and causing trouble. He has all sorts of magical abilities, from changing… (read full character analysis)

Nick Bottom

A weaver who's supreme confidence in his acting skill convinces the other laborers to give him the lead role of Pyramus in their version of Pyramus and Thisbe. In fact, Bottom is a seriously… (read full character analysis)

Hermia

The daughter of Egeus and the beloved of Lysander and Demetrius (at least at the beginning of the play). She is strong-willed, believes in her right to choose her husband based on love, and is… (read full character analysis)

Helena

She loves Demetrius, and at one time he returned her love. But before the play begins, he fell in love with Hermia and left Helena in despair. Because of Demetrius's abandonment of her, Helena… (read full character analysis)

Lysander

An Athenian nobleman who loves Hermia. In many ways, he is the model of a constant lover. He risks death under Athenian law by coming up with the plan to elope into the woods… (read full character analysis)
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Demetrius

An Athenian nobleman who also loves Hermia. Unlike Lysander, Demetrius is an inconstant lover. Before the events of the play, he wooed Helena, then rejected her and pursued Hermia. He can be cruel… (read full character analysis)

Oberon

The King of the Fairies and Titania's husband. Oberon is willful and demands obedience from his subjects, including his wife. When he's angry, he's not above using magic and plots to manipulate and humiliate in… (read full character analysis)

Titania

The Queen of the Fairies and Oberon's wife. Titania is strong willed and independent, willing to fight her husband for control of the changeling boy. She is also powerful. Her fight with her husband causes… (read full character analysis)

Theseus

The Duke of Athens and the fiancé and later the husband of Hippolyta, Theseus is a strong and responsible leader who tries to be fair and sensitive. Though it is his duty to uphold… (read full character analysis)
Minor Characters
Hippolyta
The Queen of the Amazons and Theseus's fiancé, she is both a fearsome warrior and a loving woman. She also has good common sense and is willing to disagree with Theseus's assessments of events and to calm him down when he can't wait for their marriage.
Egeus
Hermia's father, Egeus is an overbearing and rigid man who cares more about what he wants than his daughter's desires. He is so vain and uncaring, he is willing to let his daughter die if she won't do as he tells her.
Peter Quince
A carpenter and the director and main writer of the laborer's version of Pyramus and Thisbe. In Pyramus and Thisbe, he plays the Prologue.
Francis Flute
A bellows-mender who plays the part of Thisbe in Pyramus and Thisbe.
Tom Snout
A tinker who plays the part of Wall in Pyramus and Thisbe.
Snug
A joiner who plays the part of Lion in Pyramus and Thisbe.
Robin Starveling
A tailor who plays the part of Moonshine in Pyramus and Thisbe.
Philostrate
The Master of Revels for Theseus, he's in charge of arranging entertainments for the court.
Peaseblossom
One of Titania's fairies.
Cobweb
One of Titania's fairies.
Mote
One of Titania's fairies.
Mustardseed
One of Titania's fairies.