One of the many characters that awakens in Act 4, Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night's Dream is Bottom. Bottom's reaction to his night's adventure is particularly interesting. Not only is he in a state of shock, half believing his experience was a dream and half believing it was real, he also transforms from his typical state of conceit to one of humility.
We see Bottom's conflicting views on what was a dream and what was reality in his soliloquy immediately after he wakes up. His first reaction is to say, "I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was" (IV.i.208-209). In other words, he is declaring that he has just had a dream that is beyond man's comprehension. In his next statements, he says:
Man is but an ass if he go about to expound this
Methought I was--there is no man can tell what dream.
Methought I was, and...
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