A midsummers nights dream Act 3 Scene 1

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Explain how you would communicate the roles of the main characters and give examples from Act 3 scene 1.

In this scene the mechanicals are in a forest rehearsing for the play for The King and Queens wedding. We see that the mechanicals are obsessed with keeping in line with the realism of the play which could be connected to the overall theme of the play: the contrasts of realism and imagination, between the magical world and the human world.

In this scene the character Peter Quince, gets caught up in the minute details of the play and as the theatrical organiser, does his best to keep the “bully” Bottom under control. Since peter Quince seems to be the head of the acting group, I would say that he would be more upper class than the rest. Translating this to the way in which he would walk, speak and re-act. Quince would speak with a slight accent to show his upper side roots and he would have a soft tone, to emphasis bottoms electrifying personality as he tends to interrupt and speak over people. But when the Bottom pronounces a word wrong, Quince would erupt and in a firm and also nervous tone correct him. At this point we see Quince almost having a nervous break down as he gets caught up in the minute details of the script, to show this I would shake all over and use precise hand movements at the script. Quince at all times would have a worried or stressed look on his face at all times as he sees his script fall apart with the changelings, of both the script and his fellow actors. Quince would keep to himself throughout the play, I would cling to my clipboard and would also consult book often.

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Bottom in this scene is almost portrayed as an Idol, as the other characters aspire and look to his ‘knowledge’ while Quince sees him as a “Bully.” Bottom is very extravagant but I don’t think he is financial well off and this play is his escape, so I think he would try to sound smart but doesn’t manage this and comes across as silly. Bottom would then speak in a deep done and have a slight lower class accent. As Bottom is a very eccentric character I think he would try and act out every thing he says, for example ...

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