Fun and informative article on Shakespeare and his influence on the concept of faeries. Thank you Laura Bruno for post and thank you Fiona Broome for you article. Fun stuff.
Shakespeare’s plays changed almost everything that we think about faeries.
Before Shakespeare wrote about them, most people were terrified of faeries. One of the most frightening was a faerie called Robin Goodfellow. He was blamed for bad luck, poor harvests, and even death.
Then, Shakespeare suggested that faeries might not be evil… just mischievous.
During Shakespeare’s era, that was a radical idea.
In the 16th century, our modern-day ideas of faeries were born in Shakespeare’s plays.
His most famous faerie play is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That story included human-sized faeries such as Titania and Oberon, and lesser spirits–including tiny ones–who served them.
One of the leading characters is Puck, who—as Robin Goodfellow—had an evil reputation before this play.
However, in Act 2, Scene One, a character called “Fairy” asks Puck if he is
“…that shrewd and knavish sprite
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