Study Guide

A Midsummer Night's Dream Characters

By William Shakespeare

Puck (a.k.a. Robin Goodfellow)

Puck is the mischievous sprite who serves Oberon, the Fairy King.In Elizabethan folklore, Puck...

Bottom

Bottom is a weaver and one of the Athenian craftsmen who are referred to as "the Mechanicals."...

Theseus

Theseus is the Duke of Athens, and consequently the most powerful character in the courtly realm...

Hippolyta

Hippolyta is the Amazon Queen who marries Theseus (off-stage in Act 4, Scene 1). Shakespeare...

Oberon

Oberon is King of the Fairies, master of Puck, and husband of Titania (in a seemingly open...

Titania

Titania is Queen of the Fairies, wife of Oberon, and a force to be reckoned with in the world of...

The Changeling

Early on in the play, we learn that Titania has been taking care of a "lovely" Indian boy and...

Lysander

Lysander is Hermia's boyfriend and he really wants to get hitched. Since Hermia's dad isn't...

Hermia

Shakespeare introduces Hermia to us as the disobedient daughter of Egeus. She's supposed to marry...

Demetrius

One of the four young lovers who gets caught up in fairy magic, Demetrius is an Athenian man...

Helena

Shakespeare introduces Helena to us as the character that nobody loves. She also has the most...

Peter Quince

Peter Quince is one of the illustrious Mechanicals who puts on the play Pyramus and Thisbe....

Flute

Another one of the Mechanicals, Flute plays the role of Thisbe in Pyramus and Thisbe. Flute's...

Starveling

As one of the not-so-talented Mechanicals, Starveling plays the role of Moonshine in Pyramus and...

Snug

During Pyramus and Thisbe, the "play within the play," Snug is quick to point out that the ladies...

Snout

Snout plays the role of the Wall in the Mechanicals' production of Pyramus and Thisbe. More...

Philostrate

Philostrate is Duke Theseus's party planner. His official title is "Master of the Revels," which...