Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #13

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream, (Epilogue)

In the Prologue to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Puck encourages the audience to think of Shakespeare's play as nothing "but a dream."  Why make such a comparison?  Like dreams, plays aren't real – they're the product of imagination and fantasy and involve the momentary suspension of reality.  

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