If we shadows have offended…
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,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.
First, paraphrase Puck’s final speech. Second, analyze: So! Now! Who is really dreaming? What is Shakespeare saying about theater, reality, magic, dreaming…. Make sure you include many text-based details and that you respond to at least one other comment in this thread.