Botom’s Weave

The play A Midsummer Night;s Dream presents a wonderful contrast between reality and fantasy. A Midsummer Night;s Dream gives us insight into man;s conflict with rational versus emotional characteristics of human behavior. The City of Athens represents the logical side, with its flourishing government and society. The woods represent the wilder, irrational side where nothing seems to follow a normal path. The character of Bottom the weaver directly reflects these two worlds. He brings the rational and irrational elements of the play together in many ways.
Bottom is definitely one of the most memorable characters in A Midsummer Night;s Dream. First introduced to us in the casting of ;Pyramus and Thisbe; (I.ii). Ready to take one anything that comes his way, Bottom tries to play every part in the play which is easily displayed when Bottom says: ;An I may hide my face, let me play Thisbe too. I;ll speak in a monstrous little voice:;Thisne Thisne!;- ;Ah Pyramus, my lover dear, thy Thisbe dear and lady dear;; (I.ii). After demonstrating his spectacular ability to play Thisbe he moves on to the Lion as he bellows: ;Let me play the lion too. I will roar that I will do any man;s hear good to hear me. I will roar that I will make the Duke say;Let him roar again; let him roar again;; (I.ii.). No doubt about it, Bottom has complete confidence in his ability to go from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other. Perhaps he feels that playing only one role in the play will restrict him and he does not want to limit his talent to one specific part. This characteristic separates him from all the other characters. He does not want to feel restricted by anything or anyone. Here he gives us insight into his own personality and almost seems to mock those in love when he says: ;That will ask some tears in the true performing of it. I

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