Nick Bottom is seen as a minor character in A Midsummer’s Night Dream, but is significant to the play because of Shakespeare’s witty comic-relief. Bottom first appears in the play at Peter Quince’s house along with fellow common laborers to announce certain roles for the play soon to be performed for the Duke and Queen. His energetic, self-centered, and selfish personality is evident to the observer when he constantly i...
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...s in Athens, leaving it safe to assume that he is housed, educated, and a working member of society. The night he and a group of his friends traveled to the forest to rehearse the mechanical play, his head was unfortunately turned into the head of an ass. It is understood that Bottom’s transformation brought out his animalistic nature in him in Bottom’s lines, “Truly, a peck of provender. I could munch your good dry oats. Methinks I have great desire to a bottle of hay. Good hay. Sweet hay, hath no fellow.”(IV.i.31-33) His of desiring of oats and hay exemplifies Bottoms ability to display his animalistic nature of craving foods of animals. Bottom is able to portray his humanistic nature through his role of being a member of society, but also shows his animalistic side the night he spent in the forest, which makes him the connecting point between wilderness and city.
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