Analysis Of ' A Midsummer Night 's Dream ' Essay

824 Words Feb 10th, 2016 4 Pages
In a play with themes as serious as most Shakespearean ones hold, it is difficult to include comedy. Often a few key characters are used as tools in the deliverance of humor. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream the two key gateways used to integrate humor are Nick Bottom, the weaver and Robin “Puck” Goodfellow, the fairy king’s jester and well known trickster. The two characters share minimal similarities outside of arising laughter from the audience, however they are both key elements of the play. We are first introduced to Bottom on the second line of Act I, Scene II, “You were best to call them generally, man by man, according to the script.” (1.2.2). Bottom is famous for his word mix ups and we see this example here in his first line of the script, in place of the word “generally” he intended to use “individually.” It is made clear through his interaction with his peers that he has a slight superiority complex. He comes across as a little too big for his britches, as they say. Throughout Quinces attempt to control the distribution of roles in his play, he is bombarded with unnecessary comments from Bottom. From offers to play both lovers, Thisbe and Pyramus, to utter nonsense Bottom has his obnoxious two piece set to add. In opposition to Bottom, Puck is an intentionally comical character. Puck’s high jinks are not only to entertain the audience, but also used to advance the drama. His most elaborate intentional prank is when he, quite literally, transforms Bottom…

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