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Shakespeare often relies on archetypes (the sophisticated court jester, the angry father, the buffoon) to help advance the plot and characters in his plays.
What is Puck's special function in A Midsummer Night's Dream?
He is Oberon's messenger and errand boy who brings Oberon the love potion.
He is Oberon's spy in Titania's court, aiding the fairy king in his endeavors to regain the Indian boy as his page.
He is Oberon's court jester who adds to the comedy and humorous mayhem of the play.
He is the buffoon who is continually goofing up to create humorous conflicts in the play.
He is the imp whose ultimate goal is to create and cause as much mayhem as he can for Oberon to clean up.