The Role Of Bottom In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Favorite Character (A discussion of why Bottom is the best character in the first two acts of MSND) In the first two acts of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, several characters are introduced. At the very beginning you see Hermia and her father and they are discussing her marriage. Hermia is refusing to marry Demetrius and wishes to marry Lysander. To add even more tension, Shakespeare throws in Helena who is Hermia’s best friend and is in love with Demetrius but he doesn’t love her. Later you meet Bottom, Robin, Quince, Flute, and Snug. Immediately the audience is attracted to the interesting character, Bottom. In the first two acts of the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bottom is the best character because he is comical, not serious, and child-like.…show more content…
Later on in the play we see Bottom messing around while they practice the play and even in the first act when he is being assigned his role. “I will discharge it in either your straw-colour/beard, your orange tawny beard, your purple-in-grain/beard, or your French-crown-colour beard, your perfect/yellow.” Act 1:2 lines 83-86. During that quote, Bottom is taking the stress out of the other situation between Hermia, her father, Demetrius, and Lysander and their relationship issues by debating on what color of beard he should perform in. It seems as if the character, Nick Bottom, was almost designed to make going and seeing this play appeal to the younger generations. The things he says throughout the play make us question whether he knows he’s immature and does it on purpose or rather if he is oblivious to the thought of him being immature. It’s extremely hard to determine if he is the way he is on purpose, but either way, Bottom finds a way to become nearly everyone’s favorite character from the first two
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