What is the most important part of Act 3, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream ?
The pivotal moment in Act 3, Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night's Dream is the moment in which Puck transforms Bottom's head into the head of a donkey. This is an important moment because it serves to characterize Bottom and to illustrate the central theme of reality vs. illusion.
Turning Bottom into a donkey serves to characterize Bottom through the use of an extended pun. Bottom is a weaver, and like the other mechanicals, his name symbolizes the work he does. In this instance, his name refers to the "bottom, or skein" that yarn is wound around ("Bottom (Character Analysis)"). However, while most scholars deny it, Cedric Watts of Sussex University argues that his name was also recognized in the Elizabethan era to refer to backside or posterior. In addition, a slang term for a donkey is an ass, which is also a slang term used to refer to, not only to the backside , but also to a...
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