Could someone please post four of Bottom's personality traits in A Midsummer Night's Dream? I would like some detail and quotes from the play. This is for a project and I'm stuck, please help...

Could someone please post four of Bottom's personality traits in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

I would like some detail and quotes from the play. This is for a project and I'm stuck, please help me.

 

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You are limited to one question, and what you listed in your request seemed to be asking about both Puck and Bottom.  I will assist you with information about the personality of Bottom, but you must list another question for information about Puck.

The first trait that Bottom has, as a character in A Midsummer Night's Dream, is one he shares with his fellow "rude mechanicals" (a term to describe the group of workers of which Bottom is a part, coined by Puck).  They are considered the clowns of the play.  In Shakespeare's day, clown was a term used to describe the actors who were relied on for comedy and comic bits.  They were usually good at physical comedy (slapstick, pratfalls) and would often ad lib, or make up lines, to get laughs from the audience.  Bottom is definitely a character who is meant to make the audience laugh.

Probably the most famous trait of Bottom's is his know-it-all attitude about acting.  The whole of Act I, scene ii is pretty much a show of Bottom acting out every part and asking to play that part too.  He says:

. . .let me play Thisbe too!  I'll speak in a monstrous little voice.. . . . Let me play the lion too.  I will roar that I will do any man's heart good to hear me.. . . .

Bottom is also somewhat bossy.  He, rather, than the director and organizer of the play Quince, tells everyone what to do at the end of the scene to get ready for their next rehearsal:

We will meet, and there we may rehearse most obscenely and courageously.  Take pains.  Be perfect.  Adieu. . . . Enough.  Hold or cut bowstrings.

And finally, once Titania "falls in love" with him.  He certainly acts very modest and shy, which seems to indicate that he is not experienced in the ways of love. In Act III, scene i, when Titania surprises him and says, "I love thee,"  Bottom answers:

Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason for that.

Titania

Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful.

Bottom

Not so, neither.

So, the guy that has all the answers when it comes to acting and producing a play, is turned into a modest and shy lover when confronted with the bold moves of Titania.

For more on Bottom, please follow the links below.

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i555185 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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Shakespeareguru, Pleaase provide 4 traits of Puck instead i typed it wrong. Thanks

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