n this week’s post, write two paragraphs (about 150 words each), one in response

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n this week’s post, write two paragraphs (about 150 words each), one in response to #1 below, and one in response to #2 below:
#1.) Act I presented us with the everyday world of Athens. Acts 2, 3 and 4 present us with a ‘dream world’ or fantasy world. With the conclusion of Act IV, the dream part of the play seems over, and the action returns the characters (and us, the audience) to the ‘real,’ daytime world.
Describe the dream world of Acts 2, 3, and 4.
#2.) In our own lives, it is important to distinguish between dreams and reality. In Shakespeare’s play, the lovers try, but fail, to distinguish clearly between reality and imagination. Just how do you make sense of a dream? At the end of Act IV, Scene 1, Bottom the weaver gives this speech:
“I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream—past the wit of man to say what dream it was. Man is but an ass if he go about to expound this dream. Methought I was—there is no man can tell what. Methought I was, and methought I had—but man is but a patched fool if he will offer to say what methought I had. The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man’s hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report what my dream was. I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream. It shall be called ‘Bottom’s Dream’ because it hath no bottom.”
Bottom’s speech may be paraphrased as follows:
“I’ve had a most wonderful revelation. I’ve had a dream beyond a man’s ability to say what the dream was. Any man trying to interpret it would make an ass of himself. I thought I was (he tries but fails to find the words) —nobody could say what. (He tries again). I thought I was, and I thought I had—but a man would be a clown to attempt to describe what I thought I had. Man’s eye has never heard, man’s ear has never seen, man’s hand has never tasted, his tongue never conceived or his heart reported, what my dream was. I’ll get Peter Quince to write a ballad about this dream. It will be called ‘Bottom’s Dream’ because it has no bottom.”
Of course, when Bottom says he had a “rare vision,” a “dream [that] hath no bottom,” he refers to his marvelous transformation from a man to a donkey-headed man, as well as his love affair with the fairy queen Titania, etc. etc.
What, in your opinion, is the true MEANING of Bottom’s bottomless dream?

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