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Nick Bottom. Character Study. Bottom’s Dream. Circle every use of the pronouns I and me Search for the two nouns most repeated and underline them. Character Discussion Introduction. Bottom appears as a blowhard, a bully, and a fool, yet the other workmen genuinely admire him….

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nick bottom

Nick Bottom

Character Study

bottom s dream
Bottom’s Dream
  • Circle every use of the pronouns I and me
  • Search for the two nouns most repeated and underline them
character discussion introduction
Character Discussion Introduction
  • Bottom appears as a blowhard, a bully, and a fool, yet the other workmen genuinely admire him….
  • What makes him a sympathetic character?
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Nick Bottom

Character Study

character traits
Character Traits
  • List 3 to 5 character traits
  • With a partner:
    • Find the scenes where Bottom appears. Look in each scene for examples and/or lines that prove each of the three character traits. (Make sure to take careful notes!)
objectives
Objectives
  • What does he want?
  • Does this change in the course of the play?
  • Make a list of his objectives.
  • Find an example and/or line to prove each one.
style
Style
  • How does Bottom talk? Verse or prose?
    • If verse – what form? (Tetrameter? Pentameter? Etc.)
  • Is he consistent, or does he change verse forms in certain situations? (Make note of your conclusions)
  • In what style does he talk – simple, fancy, or what?
  • Write down a line that is a good example.
for homework tonight
For homework tonight…
  • Bottom is stubborn, bossy, and vain, but he is valued by his friends. Describe the “Bottom” in your life. Draw specific parallels between the person you know and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
    • If you’d like to type this, I will certainly not stop you, but it does not NEED to be typed.
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Grab a piece of paper and get into your Acting Companies. *Directors for today, pick up your company’s folder.

Once you’re there, decide who’s a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5…(I’ll tell you why in a minute…)

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Directors: Lead a 5-minute discussion on the following questions with your Acting Company and compile the findings on a piece of paper to turn in.
  • What did each person or pair come up with?
  • What kind of person is Bottom?
  • What Hollywood actor (besides the one you’ve seen play him in the film we’ve watched) do you think would do a good job playing Bottom?
for homework tonight1
For homework tonight…
  • Bottom is stubborn, bossy, and vain, but he is valued by his friends. Describe the “Bottom” in your life. Draw specific parallels between the person you know and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
    • If you’d like to type this, I will certainly not stop you, but it does not NEED to be typed.
character study
Character Study
  • Character Traits
    • List 3 to 5 character traits
    • Find the scenes where your character appears. Look in each scene for examples and/or lines that prove each of the character traits. (Make sure to take careful notes!)
  • Objectives/Motivations
    • Make a list of your character’s objectives.
      • What does he/she want?
      • Does this change in the course of the play?
    • Find an example and/or line to prove each one.
  • Style of Speech
    • How does your character talk? Verse or prose?
      • If verse – what form? (Tetrameter? Pentameter? Etc.)
      • Is he consistent, or does he change verse forms in certain situations? (Make note of your conclusions)
    • In what style does he/she talk – simple, fancy, or what?
    • Find and write down a line that is a good example.
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