The Benign Comic: Understanding Bottom’s Growth and Appeal in a Midsummer Night’s Dream
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- William Shakespeare; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Nick Bottom; Character analysis
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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TY - CONF AU - Tianjun Ren PY - 2022 DA - 2022/05/14 TI - The Benign Comic: Understanding Bottom’s Growth and Appeal in a Midsummer Night’s Dream BT - Proceedings of the 2022 International Conference on Comprehensive Art and Cultural Communication (CACC 2022) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 209 EP - 215 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.220502.044 DO - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.220502.044 ID - Ren2022 ER -