What is Bottom's personality in A Midsummer Night's Dream?
Bottom is full of energy, enthusiasm and good intentions. He would be happy to take over direction, management, and all the roles in the play all at once if it were possible to do so. He considers himself an expert, very knowledgeable in the production of plays and in the interpretation of all the emotions and motives that might be needed. He is confident of his ability to play a moving Pyramus, the tragic lover, although his preference is to play the villain or tyrant.
That will ask some tears in the true performing of
it. If I do it, let the audience look to their eyes; I will
move storms; I will condole in some measure. To the
rest: yet my chief humor is for a tyrant.
However, he is quick to volunteer to also play the part of Thisbe when it is announced...
An I may hide my face, let me play Thisbe too. I'll
speak in a monstrous little voice: ‘Thisne, Thisne!’ [Then
speaking small] ‘Ah Pyramus, my lover dear! Thy Thisbe
dear, and lady dear!’
and the part of the lion as well when it is assigned. Bottom means well in his efforts and offers, but his willingness exceeds his actual ability.