Proceedings of the 2022 International Conference on Comprehensive Art and Cultural Communication (CACC 2022)

The Benign Comic: Understanding Bottom’s Growth and Appeal in a Midsummer Night’s Dream

Authors
Tianjun Ren*
High School Department, Shanghai Pinghe Bilingual School, Shanghai 201206, China
*Corresponding author. Email: rentianjun@shphschool.com
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Tianjun Ren
Available Online 14 May 2022.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.220502.044How to use a DOI?
Keywords
William Shakespeare; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Nick Bottom; Character analysis
Abstract

Nick Bottom from Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an egotistical weaver who induces a lot of laughter in the play. Based on a close reading of the text, this essay analyzes four crucial scenes in Bottom’s character arc and seeks to understand his growth as a dynamic character as well as his true appeal to the audience. Incorporating both original insights and scholarly interpretations, this essay eventually reaches the conclusion that Bottom - despite his foolish exterior - is one of the most complex characters in Midsummer. His fluid identity, divinity, multiple paradoxes, and symbolic behavior all suggest things much more profound than his appearance. Bottom embodies both the human and the animal, the natural and the civilized, the carnal and the spiritual.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 2022 International Conference on Comprehensive Art and Cultural Communication (CACC 2022)
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
14 May 2022
ISBN
978-94-6239-576-3
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.220502.044How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2022 The Authors. Published by Atlantis Press SARL.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license.

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