For this blog entry, I’ve chosen question three.
“3/ Write a brief synopsis of what you think Bottom is trying to express in the prose passage where he describes his dream at the end of Act 4 scene 1.”
Below is Bottom’s monologue at the end of Act 4 scene 1.
“(waking) When my cue comes, call me, and I will answer. My next is “Most fair Pyramus.” Heigh-ho! Peter Quince? Flute the bellows-mender? Snout the tinker? Starveling? God’s my life, stol’n hence, and left me asleep? I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream—past the wit of man to say what dream it was. Man is but an ass if he go about to expound this dream. Methought I was—there is no man can tell what. Methought I was, and methought I had—but man is but a patched fool if he will offer to say what methought I had. The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man’s hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report what my dream was. I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream. It shall be called “Bottom’s Dream” because it hath no bottom. And I will sing it in the latter end of a play before the duke. Peradventure, to make it the more gracious, I shall sing it at her death.”
Within this scene, I think Bottom is trying to tell the audience about a profound dream that he has had. Within this dream, Bottom has clearly experienced something that even he cannot comprehend yet he still feels that he needs to get his thoughts out to the public. It’s only halfway through the monologue we see Bottoms ego kick back in.
” I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream. It shall be called “Bottom’s Dream” because it hath no bottom. And I will sing it in the latter end of a play before the duke. Peradventure, to make it the more gracious, I shall sing it at her death.”
It’s also at this point that the humour within Bottoms lines can be seen as he has just claimed “I have had a dream—past the wit of man to say what dream it was. Man is but an ass if he goes about to expound this dream.” yet he immediately want’s to get Peter Quince to “write a ballad of his dream”.
I think within this scene Shakespeare wanted to portray Bottom as a kind of Jester/fool. Not in the sense that he is dumb or a laughing stock but similar to what a Kings Jester would be, being a wise yet comical individual that contains some profound wisdom.
I’ve been really slacking on these reviews, i’m going to try get them done in the next day or so and fix up all the posts that need to be edited.
This is my review of blog #1.
I am well aware that this peer review is super late, that’s my bad!
I really enjoyed reading your blog and I think i’m in complete agreeance with your take on Philos opening speech. Also I never actually considered how Romans would of already had a bias against someone like Cleopatra or people of her race which when I think about it now should of probably been something obvious to think about, so thanks for that!
Good luck with the rest of the blogs!
So I realised I’ve done what I did last semester and named the blogs with the wrong week order, confusing myself yet again. So I’m going back to just numbering them as “Entry #X” I’ve also realised i have fallen behind on my critiques, this will be getting fixed this week.
Enough of the stuff ups, let’s get to this weeks topic which seems like a fun one!
“1/ You are Bottom. In your own words tell the world what you are like, how you like performing, directing and…. encountering the queen of fairies”
I am Bottom. I am the greatest Actor in the lands, but of course, you already know this. I am capable of any role that comes my way, Lover or Fighter I shall encompass the role whole heartily! Whether it be a lover like Pyramus or a sweet lady like Pyramus’s lover Thisbe. I shall encompass the character so much so you shall forget who I ever once was…but just to make sure you don’t we should tell our audience, I wouldn’t want anyone thinking that I am Pyramus or Thisbee, as I do not want to worry any onlookers of any tragedy that may occur to Pyramus or Thisbee. Perhaps Before I begin my lines I should let the audience know that I am not Pyramus, I am Bottom? Yes! That will be a fantastic idea!
So I didn’t realise this one was up, but here I am doing it now so let’s jump into it.
This week I chose to do a critical question:
“Explore the opening speech by Philo (lines 1-13), say what you think it means and discus why this speech is so important to the drama that unfolds hereafter”
The opening speech by Philo sets the tone for the entire play, I believe that within this opening speech Philo is telling the audience directly that Antony, a man once revered as one of the three men who helped Rome conquer many empires, has now become distracted with his love for Cleopatra and that all the attention he once had for his army is now put onto her. Philo is telling the audience to look and see, the fall of a man who once had it all.
I think this speech is so important in the drama because it shows that from the very start it would be Antony’s love for Cleopatra that will cause his downfall. It shows that maybe caring for someone, possibly to the point of obsession, can be a dangerous thing to do, essentially warning the viewer in a way, to not put all their eggs in one basket. If Antony were to keep his tactical army mind while still caring for Cleopatra is possible that Egypt would have defeated Rome in the later battles, but Antony let his emotions get the better of him and ultimately caused his demise.