The scene opens with Bottom lamenting his current situation as the “ass” of the group. He is re assuring himself that he is indeed as talented as he thinks while coming to terms with his new appearance. Bottom describes his troop’s behavior as “knavery” as he feels betrayed by people he once thought were his friends. He is at his lowest point in the play but we notice that his self-assured perspective has not changed.
Titania then awakens to see Bottom with the face of an ass and states, “What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?” Unsurprising is Titania’s immediate infatuation with Bottom as she has been put under a love spell. The spell seems to have changed not only her perspective on beauty but also the situation. She had fallen asleep under some distress but we note that she speaks of her “flowery bed” which shows an up-turn in her general attitude.
Bottom then deflects Titania’s compliment, stating, “a bird? Who would give a bird the lie, though he cry ‘cuckoo’ never so?” This is an interesting choice by Bottom, as a character so full of his own abilities he is unable to accept the praise of a beautiful woman. This shows a level of insecurity that isn’t indicative of h...
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...how characters interacted, either as you would expect or contrary to expectation. I found it interesting that Bottom was so nervous and lacked his normal overbearing confidence when approached by a beautiful woman. Lysander’s aggression towards Demetrius also reminded me of many other non-fiction tales of love triangles that ended in violence between friends. But, most interestingly was the analysis of Oberon’s motivations for attempting to set up Helena and Demetrius. This was by far the most though provoking relationship because it seemed very relevant to society today. Men and women are given roles in a relationship that are dictated by society and they generally aim to achieve some sort of ends. Because we are indoctrinated in the institution we believe that a “normal” relationship should look a certain way, but “normal” is truly a construct of society and media.
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