Crazy, Stupid Love
One of the of the most influential characters that we see in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream is that of Nick Bottom, a weaver who provides comic relief. We first meet Bottom when he is referred to as one of “The Mechanicals” and that he is putting on the play Pyramus and Thisbe for the entertainment at Theseus’s wedding. While the group is rehearsing for their play, King Oberon, to get back at his wife, has his assistant Puck transform Bottom’s head into that of an ass. And of course he makes sure that his wife Titania falls in love with Bottom. During this short period of love between the two characters, we see how Titania adores bottom and does numerous things for him, like let him control his own fairies. Now one question that arises between the union between Bottom and Titania is whether or not they have sex. Now, when I read the story for the first time, the idea did not come through my mind that they had or hadn’t, but now that I am faced with the question and looking back at the story I believe that they did indeed have sex. By looking at the theme of love in the story, foolishness, and overall how Shakespeare uses sexual references, it is easy to see that Bottom and Titania surely had sex.
A Midsummer’s Night Dream is a play that talks about the nature of romantic love and it is clear that it can make us look like idiots. The relationship between Bottom and Titania summarizes that, and how would it by not having a divine fairy queen having sexual relations with a mortal, one with the head of an ass. I think that by having characters falling in and out of love with each other so quickly, and by then having the relationship of Bottom and Titania, Shakespeare is...
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...think that since this question is debated heavily today, it is important to remember that it is likely that an audience around the time the play was released was more accustomed to sexual references than we are today.
So from the relationship that Oberon forces upon his wife and the interesting Nick Bottom, we are given a healing between the two fairies and also given another enjoyable and humorous relationship between an immortal fairy and a mortal with the face of an ass. Even though Bottom does not say that he loves Titania, we can infer that from his idiotic self that he most likely assumes that he is so famous women desire to have sex with him! By also examining how Shakespeare tried to relate to his audience, it is easy to see how sex between Bottom and Titania was a crucial part of the story and helped show how love can make us clueless idiots!
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