A Midsummer Night's Dream ~ Humour Helps ~ Humour is often the key to any good performance. In the Shakespearean play, A Midsummer Night's Dream the playwright - William Shakespeare - utilises humour as a tool to both enlighten the viewer and to create an interesting play.
One very humorous character, in this play, is the weaver - Nick Bottom. One funny line - that was used when an actual ass-head had been placed on him - is when Bottom speaks of his friends' "Ã¢ÂÂ¦knaveryÃ¢ÂÂ¦" as to try to make "Ã¢ÂÂ¦an ass ofÃ¢ÂÂ¦" him (III, i, 110). Here Bottom has no idea that he has an actual ass-head on his shoulders. Another display of Bottom's humorous disposition is when Bottom admits that he can "Ã¢ÂÂ¦gleek upon occasion" (III, i, 136). Thereby demonstrating that he can take jokes as well as give them. Yet another instance where Bottom furthers his humour - this time through ignorance - when he proclaims "What do you see? You see an ass-head of your own do you?" (III, i, 107 - 108).
Here - in his ignorance of the ass-head on him - he insults his friend in a very humorous manner. Bottom is a very humorous character utilised to his full potential in this play.
A second, possibly even more humorous character in this play, is the fairy - Puck. One farcical example of Puck's sense of jocularity is when the fairy and Puck are discussing Puck's ludicrous pranks: "Ã¢ÂÂ¦sometime for a three-foot stool mistaketh me; then slip I from her and down topples sheÃ¢ÂÂ¦" (II, i, 52-53). Here Puck explains one of his many witty pranks. Another demonstration of Puck's facetiousness is when he shows his relationship with Oberon: "I [Puck] jest to Oberon and make him smileÃ¢ÂÂ¦(II, i, 44). In this instance,