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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?


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


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


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


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


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

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