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What is a summary of Bottom's dream in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?

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When Bottom falls asleep in Act IV, Scene I, it is to the gentle tones of Titania telling him "O, how I love thee! How I dote on thee!" Just before he wakes, we hear Demetrius say, almost as a cue to Bottom, "And by the way [as we are going] let us recount our dreams."

It is at this point that Bottom wakes up and declares that he has had "a most rare vision." However, he is so troubled and confused by the strange content of his dream that he feels "man is but an ass, if he go about to expound this dream" (only an idiot would attempt to explain the meaning of this dream). Bottom hesitates in his recollection—"Methought I was"—while the audience appreciates the dramatic irony , knowing (or thinking they know) exactly what Bottom had seen of himself. However, Bottom never actually speaks anything of what his dream contained: he says he will have Peter Quince make a ballad of the dream, to be called "Bottom's Dream, because it hath no bottom." That is, the intricacies of his dream are so...

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