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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Indirect Characterization of Bottom

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Although Shakespeare’s stage directions tell us how Puck transformed Bottom, which line from the scene tells us exactly how this transformation occurred?

A

THISBY: O true as truest horse, that yet would never tire. (3.1.91)

B

QUINCE: O monstrous! / O strange! / We are haunted. / Pray, masters! / Fly, masters! / Help!(3.1.94)

C

PUCK: Sometime a horse / I’ll be, sometime a hound, a hog, a headless bear, sometime a fire;(3.1.98)

D

SNOUT: O Bottom, thou are changed! / What do I see on thee? (3.1.104)

E

BOTTOM: What do you see? / You see an ass head of your own, do you? (3.1.105)