• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explain how the mechanicals bring humour into the play

Extracts from this document...


Explain how the mechanicals bring humour into the play The mechanicals in A Midsummer Night's Dream are the group of actors that bring most of the comedy to the play. This is done by the mechanicals resembling the more unintelligent group out of the four featured in A Midsummer Night's Dream. In the book, the mechanicals are called the Clowns. This implies that they are always fooling around; never getting any work done and maybe making people laugh. Maybe Shakespeare called them the Clowns because they convey most of the humour towards the audience in A Midsummer Night's Dream. However, the mechanicals play near the end of A Midsummer Night's Dream is a serious play; where they do not mess around as they do in the rest of the book. This might suggest that the name Shakespeare gave to the actors (Clowns) does not imply all that it is supposed to. ...read more.


and he forgets lines. In the end, he just plays Pyramus. The way the mechanicals bring humour into A Midsummer Night's Dream is mainly through Nick Bottom. Bottom is the fool in the play; always getting things wrong. Bottom comes across as a little dumb; maybe eccentric. He gets his words wrong, comes up with feeble ideas, and has a spell put on him by Puck. The spell transforms Bottom's head into an ass's head. I think it would convey more humour to A Midsummer Night's Dream by having Bottom transform into an ass entirely. Near the end of A Midsummer Night's Dream, in act 5 scene 1, the mechanicals act out their play. Many things bring humour into A Midsummer Night's Dream at this point. Peter Quince tells the audience that the lion is not a lion, but Snug the joiner. The audience would know that the lion is not a real lion, as it is just common sense. ...read more.


For instance, when the mechanicals are talking casually together, they speak in verse; when acting out their play in front of the duke, they speak in prose. Some of the misunderstandings of the mechanicals are when Puck puts the spell on Bottom. Quince says 'O monstrous! O strange! We are haunted! Pray, masters, fly, masters! Help!' This shows that they are unsure of what to think of Bottom, and Bottom is oblivious to the fact that he has an asses head on him. Instead Bottom starts singing (to show that he id not afraid of what they are saying to him). This in turn wakes Titania up, who has had the love juice put on her eyes. As she wakes up, she instantly falls in love with Bottom. This is reminiscent of the fact that of A Midsummer Night's Dream's main mood it creates is that of humour and that it is mainly the mechanicals that are involved in, or create the humour. (813 words) ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level A Midsummer Night's Dream section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level A Midsummer Night's Dream essays

  1. Why is Bottom such a well-loved character? Explain with reference to 'A Midsummer Nights ...

    Theseus decides to give Hermia till the day of his wedding four nights away, for her to decide whether to marry demetrius or live her live alone till death. The second of the tree world that we come into contact with in the play is that of the mechanicals.

  2. How Language is used to convey comedy in the play of "Pyramus and Thisbe" ...

    Helena blames cupid, the mischievous god of love, for all of her misfortunes. Hermia is a hot-tempered young woman who is jealous of Helena's fair hair and her height. Helena who is tall and blonde, suffers pain of love for the man she knows she can't have, Demetrius.

  1. How would you direct the scenes depicting love between Titania and bottom to show ...

    The lower working class like Bottom, middle class and upper class, Theseus, Titania etc. Hermia and Lysander are at this moment asleep in the forest after an argument and so are now confused. " I pray thee gentle mortal sing again" (Act 3 Scene 1 line 134)

  2. A Midsummer Night's Dream - How do events in the play support Lysander's claim ...

    couplets marking the shift in the mood they also present the change of setting to the enchanted forest where the fairies and magic develop in the play. At the beginning we encountered both true love running smoothly and not. Once again we come across another pair of characters who are unlucky in love.

  1. Explore the Ways In Which Shakespeare Presents the Rude Mechanicals.

    I will roar, that I will do any man's heart good to hear me." This also shows that he has a high opinion of himself and thinks himself better than the others. This is not realistic though as you can see when the play is performed the Bottom overacts and is laughed at by Theseus.

  2. What difficulties have you experienced in producing a modern version of the play and ...

    Helena and Demetrius enter the wood. Helena tells Demetrius how she feels, but he doesn't feel the same way. She is determined to win over his heart, and whatever Demetrius says and does, despite the nature of it, Helena falls more deeply in love with him.

  1. To what extent is the mechanicals' performance of Pyramus’s and Thisby a success?

    As a result of this second love spell, Lysander and Hermia are in love again, Demetrius and Helena fall in love, and so do Oberon and Titania. The four young lovers share their weddings with Hyppoleta and Theus, the counts of the land.

  2. The final word on the imagination belongs to Theseus

    Love and marriage was a manner of duty; people were married not out of love, but to make social or economic relation between two families. Scene I demonstrates this as it introduces one of the major plot issues of the play.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work