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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Bottom's Zeal

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Bottom begs to play many of the roles in the play: Pyramus, Hercules, Thisby, the lion. He is also very vocal and tries to take over the meeting several times.

What does this overzealous attitude tell you about him?

A

His eagerness to play so many roles means that he enjoys being on stage.

B

His desire to play multiple roles reveals his extravagance with language, with humor, his overgenerous assessment of his own talents.

C

His overzealous attitude is actually a cover for his shyness and he finds his voice through playing various characters.

D

Bottom’s attitude comes from the fact that he imagines himself a leading and influential citizen of Athens and wants that shown onstage.

E

Bottom’s desire to transform himself into so many different characters reflects his dissatisfaction with his own dull life and his need for adventure.