Reading Log Assignment 3_Giovanni Amado

Abstract:

 

 

  • I want to talk about the differences between Bottom and Quince, who so far are my favorite characters in A Midsummer Night's Dream. 

  • The difference between Bottom and Quince is in how they are first portrayed in A Midsummer Night's Dream. When we first meet Quince he is portrayed as a leader, we see that he is the one who is trying to give out roles to the play that the men gathered in this scene hope to put on during the celebration of Theseus and Hippolyta. Therefore, Quince is essentially being portrayed as the director of the play he is the leader of his group. However, When we first met Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream he first struck me as a bit of a goofball. Bottom is the character who feels that he is better than the other workers who want to put on this play and that he feels like he can play any and all roles in the play by himself. Which is evident by the way Bottom constantly interrupts Quince whenever he gives out a role in the play to someone else but every time Quince always tells him that he must play the role of Pyramus. For Example when Quince gave the role of the lion in the play to Snug because the part is nothing but roaring. Bottom intervenes “Let me play the lion too. I will roar that I will do any man’s heart good to hear me”(Act 1 Scene 2, line 58-59). Bottom is the one who is full of himself here believing that he can play the role of the lion better and that his roar will enchant any man who hears it. Quince is the one who always has to stop him from snatching someone else’s role and tells him that “ You can play no part but Pyramus”(Act 1 Scene 2, line 70). Here Quince is the one who is taking charge and he is essentially the one who is controlling Bottom’s arrogant attitude, that is what makes a leader. While Bottom is just the arrogant goofball who half the time says words that I don't think mean what Bottom thinks it means.

  • While Bottom is portrayed as the goofy and arrogant character Quince is portrayed as the more straightforward and practical one. I find that in a way their differences seemed to complement each other. Throughout this scene I just got the feeling that Bottom was just this funny guy and Quince served as the straight man in this comedy.