And yet, to say truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays. (MND#5)

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TITANIA

I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again:
Mine ear is much enamour’d of thy note;
So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape;
And thy fair virtue’s force perforce doth move me
On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee.

BOTTOM

Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason
for that: and yet, to say the truth, reason and
love keep little company together now-a-days; the
more the pity that some honest neighbours will not
make them friends. Nay, I can gleek upon occasion.

TITANIA

Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful.

 

(Act III, scene i, lines 139-150)

Read the passage above carefully and then analyze what  Shakespeare is really trying to teach the audience member or reader here.  You should consider the SOAPSTone (Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Tone) of Bottom’s comment, and you may want to consider last night’s blog as well.

As always, don’t forget to follow the rules of standard written English and respond to at least one other classmate’s response in this thread.

MND blog #5

36 thoughts on “And yet, to say truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays. (MND#5)

  1. In act 3, scene i of A Midsummers Night’s Dream the tradesmen meet in the woods to rehearse the play they are putting on at Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding. As they are rehearsing, Puck comes along and decides to turn Bottom’s head into a head of a donkey(ass). His friends leave him so he starts singing, as one does. And wakes up Titania. Titania had the flower on her eyes and sees Bottom, ass head and all, and falls in love with him. Ironically, as they are talking Bottom says something wise. He says “…reason and
    love keep little company together now-a-days;…” This relates to last nights blog and the relationship between reason and love so far in the play. We have seen that there is little to no reason for the characters love so far. For example, Demetrius loves Helena even though she loves Lysander. Also, Hermia is head over heels for him. So why doesn’t he love Hermia? This shows how there is little reason in his love. Shakespeare is trying to convey a theme. He does this directly by having a character say this. He says this when he confused about how Titania, a beautiful woman, loves him. This will most likely be a continuing theme throughout the play.

    • I enjoyed reading your blog. I like how you talked about the irony in this situation. I liked reading your interpretation of the text.

    • I thought a lot of the points you brought up in your blog were good, although you may have some of the characters mixed up. Demetrius loves Hermia, not Helena, and Hermia loves Lysander. It’s Helena that is in love with Demetrius. And now, because of the flower, Lysander loves Helena. Hope that clarified some things for you. Anyways, keep up the good work!

  2. Does love go hand-in-hand with reason? This is a question answered in both Act 2 Scene 2 and Act 3 Scene 1. However, both answers are different. Last night we read about how Lysander confessed his love to Helena. Part of what Lysander was, ”Reason becomes the marshal to my will / And leads me to your eyes, where I o’erlook / Love’s stories written in love’s richest book.” Tonight we read how Bottom said, “Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason for that: and yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together now-a-days; the more the pity that some honest neighbours will not make them friends. ” These statements directly contradict each other. Lysander was just staying his statement in a gesture of love, I believe Shakespeare crafted Bottom’s statement for a better reason. Normally Bottom makes fairly foolish comments, this time, Bottom’s statement is very intelligent. This is what makes me think that Shakespeare intentionally made this statement. Shakespeare is really saying love isn’t logical. Furthermore, the existence of a love flower almost makes love seem magical. I noticed another major theme throughout the novel. Titania called Bottom beautiful even though he is clearly not. I understand this isn’t her fault, but this is another example of human (and fairy) obliviousness. This theme is constantly present and is a major creator of irony throughout the comedy. Shakespeare constantly surprises me with the number of meanings he places in one piece of text.

    • Nice job, Devan. I agree that Shakespeare seems to have put in Bottom’s comment intentionally. I also find it interesting that you said obliviousness is a source of comedy in the play. I think that would fit under dramatic irony.

  3. In this scene, Bottom accidentally woke up Titania. Affected by the flower, she fell in love with him, despite his new ass head. She says that she was swayed by his voice, and that she was enthralled by his appearance. She also said that she loved him at first sight. In a way, it is kind of insulting, favoring a poor human carpenter with an ass head to a rich fairy king, even if she was swayed by magic.

    Bottom responds that Titania had little reason to love him. He then points out that love and reason were not very good friends, and that people hope to make them friends again, so he can joke about it at different occasions. He says that now, love does not need reason to happen, but it is not as strong as love with a good reason. It tells a lot about the relationships displayed in this play. They all have some sort of reason for their love, good or bad. The flower changed that. It sways the reason for their ‘newfound love.’ They think that the fog in their minds are clearing up, but really it is being clouded up even more. They think that they have good reason for loving the specific person, but they really don’t and it was just the effects of the flower. The result was ruined relationships and love that was never meant to be.

    • Great job! You showed a well understanding of the flower, but I don’t get how it would be insulting to fall in love with someone who is in a lower social status then you are. Anyways, I enjoyed reading your blog and keep up the great work.

  4. In tonights reading of Act III scene i from the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, we learn a valuable lesson about love while using irony. This lesson is that true beauty is within and for you to be in love with someone, you should love their personality. When the tradesmen are rehearsing for a play, Nick Bottom gets turned into an ass. This is ironic because the word ass could also be used when talking about a bottom. Anyways, his friends leave and he starts singing which wakes up Titonia. Titonia immediately falls in love because she was under the potion of the magical flower. She stated:
    “I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again:
    Mine ear is much enamoured of thy note;
    So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape;
    And thy fair virtue’s force perforce doth move me
    On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee.”
    Bottom then responds with:
    “Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason
    for that: and yet, to say the truth, reason and
    love keep little company together nowadays; the
    more the pity that some honest neighbours will not
    make them friends. Nay, I can gleek upon occasion.”
    Then she states:
    “Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful.”

    Ironically, Nick Bottom is saying that it’s unreasonable to fall in love with. This is ironic because in the previous chapter, he acted like he was the best in everything. I would’ve expected him to tell Titania that of course she loves him because he’s the best man out there. For some weird reason he doesn’t do this but instead, is actually reasonable. He talked about how you can’t fall in love with someone just by the sound of their voice. If Titania truly loved him, she would like his inner beauty. I think that Shakespeare is trying to say that no matter what one looks like or how talented they are, you should love them for their personality. Bottom had a head of an ass and always thought of himself as the best but he knew that someone can not truly love you by the sound of your voice.

  5. In scene i of Act III, the effects of Bottom anointing Titania’s eyes appear. OnceTitania wakes up, the first thing she sees is Bottom, who she consequently falls in love with. Titania comments on his beautiful singing and appearance, to which Bottom wisely comments, “Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason for that: and yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together now-a-days.” In other words, in the time period the play takes place, Bottom says reason and love have little to do with each other. What Shakespeare may be attempting to show us here is that love is never reasonable. This is true for what had just transpired. After Titania awakened, she suddenly thought Bottom to be beautiful and loved him, neither of which is true nor reasonable. However, her love blinds her, and instead of seeing the same old Bottom, the flower’s magic causes the love that overrides her common sense. This is the same for Lysander in yesterday’s blog, who was also put under such a spell. His unexpected feelings for Helena makes him believe he should be with her, which is untrue. Without love, he would use his mind and simply go back to Hermia.

    • Great blog! I love how you kept it short but got to the point quickly. I agree with the fact that both Titania and Lysander’s new love blinds them and makes them avoid reason. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  6. In Act III scene i, of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by Shakespeare, Titania talks to Bottom in this scene after he woke her up by accident. She is under the spell of the flowers nectar and thinks that she has fallen in love with him. She talks about how she loves him so much and how they should be together. Titania is above Bottom in the way that status works in this play. So it is unexpected that the two of them would ever be together or even know who each other is. When Titania proclaims her love to him, Bottom is surprised and tells her that she shouldn’t love him, that love and reason don’t compliment each other. Bottom is surprised that she is saying she loves him because it shouldn’t of happened. It is a lot like when Lysander proclaims his love to Helena because of the flower’s nectar even though he loves Hermia. Helena was confused just as Bottom was too when he heard the news. Maybe the fact that they both weren’t expecting to be told these people (Lysander and Titania) loved them, it will help them figure out that it wasn’t true and they were under a spell. Shakespeare most likely put these two scenes one after the other so that the idea of the flower was still present and important in our minds. He wants to make certain that we all know the love that these people under a spell are feeling isn’t true. The mistakes of who the flower was shown to and who they woke up to is going to cause some chaos for the people in the forest.

    • I like how you brought up status in this scene, and how it wouldn’t make sense for Titania to fall in love with a stranger with an ass for a head. Also, I agree with you when you said that Shakespeare put the two flower scenes together to show the importance of how love is blind. Great work!

  7. In Act III, scene i, we witness Bottom being transformed into a donkey. He sings, unintentionally waking up Titania, who says:

    “I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again:
    Mine ear is much enamour’d of thy note;
    So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape;
    And thy fair virtue’s force perforce doth move me
    On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee.” (III. i. 139-143).

    To which Bottom replies:

    “Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason
    for that: and yet, to say the truth, reason and
    love keep little company together now-a-days; the
    more the pity that some honest neighbours will not
    make them friends. Nay, I can gleek upon occasion.” (III. i. 144-149).

    Finally Titania says:

    “Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful.” (III. i. 150).

    This is interesting, because this exchange that occurs is the first time Titania has seen somebody since Oberon applied the flower spell to her. She ultimately falls in love with Bottom, who is the first person that she sees. Bottom doesn’t understand why she loves him, and this provides some characterization on him. Bottom still has no idea that he has an ass head instead of his normal head, which tells us that Bottom is logical and wise. The first thing he does when Titania professes her love for him is question it. He doesn’t believe or and see reason for it. He then takes a step back and says the most important thing in the scene: “reason and love can keep little company now-a-days”. If we look at the wider picture, it becomes clear that this statement applies to the wider plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and even Romeo and Juliet too. Bottom believes that love and reason are at odds. This is illustrated in A Midsummer Night’s Dream through Helena, with no logic whatsoever, betrays her friend for a boy. This (unsurprisingly) doesn’t work out, and Demetrius is still in love with Hermia. It is also shown in Juliet where Romeo takes off for the Capulet crypt. He doesn’t stop to think for a second, instead his love blinds him and forces him into impulsivity and kill himself prematurely. I think Shakespeare put this in for a specific reason as it reveals the theme of the opposition of love and reason/logic. This piece between Bottom and Titania seemed obscure and significant at first, yet upon delving deeper, it becomes more significant and leads to an interesting theme.

  8. In Act III, Scene i of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, Peter Quince, and his company are rehearsing their rendition of Pyramus and Thisbe. Bottom has some serious thoughts about the play. After all, Pyramus kills himself with a sword, and the lion is frightening, which would surely terrify the women in the audience. The other players agree, wondering if the play should be abandoned, but Bottom has a solution. A prologue needs to be written to explain that Pyramus is only an actor, and the actor playing the lion must show half of his face during his performance and tell the audience his true identity. Next, Puck listens into the action and decides to play a prank on Bottom by giving him ass-head, frightening many actors. As he walks singing through the woods, Titania, with the love juice on her eyes, awakens and falls immediately in love with the beastly Bottom. She appoints the four fairies, Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Mote, and Mustardseed to serve the needs of her new lover. Titania professes his love for Bottom, just like Lysander in the previous scene. Bottom basically responds by saying I don’t think you’ve got much of a reason to love me. He believes that reason and love have very little to do with each other these days. It is very evident that there is a relationship between love and reason that is portraying in this scene. I wonder if anyone else will fall in love with someone mistakenly in the upcoming scenes. I hope to read more and learn about this story, while also becoming better at interpreting Shakespeare.

  9. In the passage above, Shakespeare has two characters with two different perspectives on love interact. There is Titania, who has just woken up from her sleep after Puck has placed the magic flower’s nectar in her eyes. The first thing she sees is Bottom, with an ass head and she falls in love with him. The lines Shakespeare wrote for her are perfect examples of a character who is blindly in love, literally and figuratively. Titania has just seen Bottom, and she swears she loves him, although she is just blinded by the flower’s nectar. She tells him to sing again, because his voice fills her with love, and that her eyes are attracted to his shape, and whether or not she wants it or not his excellence has persuaded her emotions to love him. Titania is behaving like a classic Shakespeare lover. Bottom, however, feels the opposite. This is surprising because he has been making obnoxious remarks throughout the entire play thus far, he would expect him to be very pleased and simply go along with Titania. Instead, he is wise and logical. He tells Titania that there is no reason for her to love him.

    “And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays. The more the pity that some honest neighbors will not make them friends,” (III, i, 145, 148).

    This is a very wise comment for someone like Bottom to be making. He is saying that love and actual reasons for love aren’t related to each other. People fall in love without a reason, therefore they are blind or foolish. Of course Bottom and Titania are fiction, so really this comment traces back to Shakespeare’s own perspective. The reader can see that Shakespeare thinks love is blind, because that idea has been repeated throughout the play. We can also infer that he thinks that certain lovers are together because of pure looks, so he is pretty ahead of his time. That is what Lysander said to Helena as he was under the spell. Perhaps that is why Demetrious loves Hermia so much, or why Helena loves Demetrious so much. Romance is just how someone looks, not how they truly are.

    • Amazing blog Ashley! I found it intresting how Bottom was all of the sudden so insightful. He literally is a donkey but is being so logical when everyone else isnt. Great job!

  10. In act III scene i, Titania wakes up and falls in love with Bottom. Oberon put the flower nectar on her eyes and now she loves Bottom with all her heart. When she wakes up, Titania and Bottom have a conversation. Once Titania tells Bottom that she loves him, he answers with;

    “Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason
    for that: and yet, to say the truth, reason and
    love keep little company together now-a-days; the
    more the pity that some honest neighbours will not
    make them friends. Nay, I can gleek upon occasion.” (144-148)

    Bottom says something that is very important and that relates with Thursday’s blog. He says that logic or common sense do not fit in with love. Titania and Lysander fell in love with others without any logic. They did it because of a magic that affected them and had no reason to do it. Most people, when they fall in love, love the person because of what the person is inside. Titania and Lysander do not even know what the person they now love is like on the inside. The nectar was put on their eyes, and so they only fell in love with the looks of someone. They don’t know if their lovers are horrible people on the inside. All of their logic vanished as soon as they fell in love with Bottom and Helena. Bottom was very wise to say what he said, and Titania agreed with him. She told him that he was wise to say that. She sees the truth in his words, but cannot apply that to herself. I think this ties in with the what we discussed in class how people see the flaws in others but not in themselves. Titania knows that Bottom is right, but she is too swept with him that she can’t see that her logic has been overshadowed by her false love. I really hope that Oberon will take the enchantment off of Lysander and Titania soon. It seems to be causing a lot of unneeded drama.

  11. We got to rehearse the scene in class and it really helped me understand the text a lot better. Bottom and Quince, as well as the other Mechanicals are rehearsing their performance while Titania is asleep. Puck put’s the flower’s nectar into Titania’s eyes, and when she wakes, she sees Bottom. She immediately falls in love, like she is supposed to. A lot of my peers have written about the relationship between reason and love, and I definitely want to write about this myself. When Lysander falls in love with Helena after having the nectar put into his eyes, all his reason and logic is gone. He loves Hermia, but he falls for Helena instead. Similarly, Titania is supposed to be loyal to Oberon, but instead falls in love with Bottom. We were talking about parallelism in class, and I think this is another example of it. In both cases, the nectar influences the character’s reasoning. Bottom even notices this, despite his stupidity. He says,

    Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason
    for that: and yet, to say the truth, reason and
    love keep little company together now-a-days; the
    more the pity that some honest neighbours will not
    make them friends.

    Paraphrased, Bottom says,
    I don’t think there is much of a reason to love me
    honestly, love and reason have little to do
    with each other these days. It is too bad
    that love and reason are not being introduced to each other
    and becoming friends.

    Bottom is saying something that is totally true and totally honestly. So far in this play, there is no reason for love, and there is no reason for why Lysander loves Helena and why Titania loves Bottom. Of course, the nectar is the reason why this is all occurring and the nectar is what takes the reason out of them. We can also see how powerful magic is. Lysander truly loved Hermia, but under the influence of magic, he loves Helena without hesitation. Titania does not love Bottom, and would probably never find him charming, yet she falls in love with him so quick. Magic is a very powerful thing, and I wonder if it will influence more and other characters in the play as we go on.

  12. Bottom says something very wise and important once Titania wakes up and sees him. For context, Titania had a plant put onto her eyes that would cause her to fall in love with the person she saw once she woke up. This happened to be Bottom, whose face had just been turned into an ass by Puck. Titania does not care that Bottom’s face is an ass, and proclaims that she is in love with Bottom and lists all of his desireable qualities. But, Bottom responds in a way that is not true to his usual self. He shows no confidence in his first sentence. He was always trying to get every part in the play, and told Quince that he would be able to play every single part well. But now, he is telling Titania that he is not someone who she should be in love with, as he says that there is nothing about him that Titania should love. Then, he goes on to say that the reasons for love are very suspect and wrong these days. This is reflected not only in Titania’s love for Bottom, but also in the many other love relationships in the story. Finally, he says that feeling bad for somebody else and trying to be friends with that person will never work. Bottom is a poor mechanic and Titania is the queen of the fairies. Bottom believes that Titania is not really in love with him and is just trying to make him feel better, which Bottom knows will not work.

  13. In Act III, scene i of Mid Summer Night’s Dream, the Mechanics rehearse their play. Acting it out in class, helped me envision what actually happened during that scene. The usual, arrogant Bottom was rehearsing his lines, when Puck puts a donkey’s head on his head. Titania wakes up from her sleep, under the influence of the magical nectar, and falls in love with Bottom, the Bottom with a donkey head. She says,
    “…So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape;
    And thy fair virtue’s force perforce doth move me
    On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee.”
    It’s highly unlikely that the Queen of Fairies, would fall in love with a poverty stricken mechanic. Given false hope and hit by reality, Bottom says,
    Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason
    for that: and yet, to say the truth, reason and
    love keep little company together now-a-days; the
    more the pity that some honest neighbours will not
    make them friends.
    Unlike his confident self, he is doubting Titania, for thinking reasonably. For how could she love Bottom, a man with a donkey head? He continues to say how love and reason should be friends, from now on. However, Titania responds to Bottom, adoring him and his wisdom.

  14. In this part of the scene, Bottom wakes up Titania by singing because his friends all left him. because Titania was drugged, she sees Bottom, and immediately falls in love with him. She doesn’t care that he has an asses head, because the flower made her fall in love. When Titania speaks of her love, Bottom tells her that that is impractical, and that she has no reason to love him. he then says that love and reason are very rarely present at the same time, but still accepts her love. Actually, he seems to already like having Titania being his lover, because right after it happens, he has some fairies come over and praise him ass if he were king. I think that this fits right in with Bottoms character so far, and that he we love this change in life very much. Bottom wants to impress everybody, and wants to seem amazing, and now he has a group of things that do actually think of him ass amazing. It’s all that Bottom has ever wanted.

    But that’s not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about when Bottom said that love and reason are barely ever seen together. And for some reason yhe first question that came to my mind when he sasid this, was if it was a real thought. Now, all thoughts are real, otherwise they wouldn’t exist, but I mean it more as in, was this actually something that Bottom meant. From what we know about bottom already, is that he is contently trying to be the best, and the smartest. And it doesn’t always work out, like when he said that they will meet in the forest. So I am wondering if Bottom actually understood what he was saying, or if this was just something that he thought sounded nice, and important, so he said it.

    I can’t decide what I think myself, what do you guys think?

  15. TITANIA
    I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again:
    Mine ear is much enamour’d of thy note;
    So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape;
    And thy fair virtue’s force perforce doth move me
    On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee.
    BOTTOM
    Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason
    for that: and yet, to say the truth, reason and
    love keep little company together now-a-days; the
    more the pity that some honest neighbours will not
    make them friends. Nay, I can gleek upon occasion.
    TITANIA
    Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful. (III.i.139-150)

    In this part of the play, we see Bottom giving some really insightful advice and making an intelligent comment. He says that “reason and love keep little company together now-a-days.” This goes back to the ideas of reason and love that we keep seeing in this play. Helena loves Demetrius, who loves Hermia, who loves Lysander, who loves Helena. And none of this is logical. If Demetrius was being reasonable, he would go back to Helena because there is no way he would ever get Hermia. And the flowers put over Lysander’s face made him fall in love with Helena, which would make no sense. Lysander really loved Hermia, so he should be with her. This play is saying that love and reason don’t always go hand-in-hand. Reason and logic is not an emotion. It is a school of thought in which you pick the option with the best outcome. But love is an emotion. This play is essentially saying that the heart and the mind do not work together. Sometimes these two opposing forces make you choose between what you want or what you should want. We see the conflict between emotion and reason in Romeo an Juliet, too. Romeo pursued Juliet despite the fact that he knew she’s in the enemy household. In both these plays, Shakespeare seems to be carrying the idea of Love vs. Reason. The question is that in the end, which one will win?

  16. In Act III scene i, of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the mechanicals meet to start rehearsing their play. While rehearsing Puck turns Bottom’s head into a donkey. Titania was sleeping nearby, and while Bottom was singing he woke her up. Puck had put the nectar in her eyes, so when she saw Bottom she immediately fell in love with him. Bottom stops singing when he realizes that he woke up Titania, but since she was already in love with him she asks him to keep singing. “I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again:…” (III. i. 139). Bottom was confused by and said, “Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason for that..” (III. i. 144-145). He then goes on to say “and yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company nowadays…” (III. i. 145-146). Bottom is saying that love and reason aren’t used in the same situations anymore. This relates to what is happening with Helena. Helena is in love with Demetrius even though he is in love with her best friend Hermia. Helena tries to make Demetrius hate Hermia. This doesn’t make sense because Helena and Hermia are best friends, so that would mean Helena is betraying her best friend. But, as Bottom said, reason and love aren’t used together. Also, once Helena realized Demetrius will never love her, Puck put the nectar in Lysander’s eyes and he falls in love with Helena. Lysander and Hermia loved each other, but now Lysander loves Helena. We can see the flaws in these love triangles, the constant changing. If reason was used along with love, maybe there wouldn’t be so many complications. But, as we can see, it isn’t that way. Shakespeare is trying to teach us that love can blind us from logic and reason. I bet we will see this more and more in the play since it has already come up so many times after only a few scenes.

  17. In Act III, Scene i of A Midsummers Night’s Dream, the tradesmen meet in the woods to rehearse the play they are putting on at Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding. As they are rehearsing, Puck comes in and interrupts the rehearsal in a comical way. Puck makes Bottom a donkey head, or ass head, and he ends up alone. As he sings to himself, Titania wakes up and instantly falls in love with Bottom due to the magic flower. While Titania claims she loves him, he makes the following statement:

    “Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason
    for that: and yet, to say the truth, reason and
    love keep little company together now-a-days; the
    more the pity that some honest neighbours will not
    make them friends. Nay, I can gleek upon occasion.”

    The importance of this quote lies heavily in the context. Titania is obviously a pretty goddess and Bottom is definitely not the type that has ladies all over him. However, he is intelligent enough to know that she has no reason to love him, and therefor her love is not logical. Reason/Logic has been a key aspect of our analysis of Shakespeare’s play. A concept I’ve come across is that those who are in relationships are always looking for another relationship, and those who don’t have a lover are constantly avoiding the unfaithful people. It is almost ironic that the loneliest people of this play know the most about love.

  18. In this particularly passage Bottom tells Titania after she professes her newfound love for him:

    “Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason
    for that: and yet, to say the truth, reason and
    love keep little company together now-a-days; the
    more the pity that some honest neighbours will not
    make them friends. Nay, I can gleek upon occasion.”

    This is Bottom politely rejecting Titania’s advances. He doesn’t see any reason for her to love a guy like him. This is sort of ironic or even contradictory to his character, because previously we have seen Bottom being very self- confident and wanting to be the star. But to him now in this distorted form being admired by someone of such high status, he’s starting to doubt himself. Bottom doesn’t believe Titania has a logical reason for loving or wanting him, I think it has to do with his insecruity. I think that is why Bottom acts so overconfident to make how he truly feels about himself, and newly his appearance. But then he kind of accepts her affection when he comments: “reason and
    love keep little company together now-a-days;”. Bottom doesn’t see why Titania likes him but he doesn’t see any logic to love so he accepts that fact. His comment really reflects the message of the play, that their is no logical explanation to love and love doesn’t have to make sense because it’s never going to be sensible. Love has no rhyme or reason.

  19. Today we read Act III, Scene i, and witnessed the transformation of bottom from an average mekanikal into a man with the head of an ass. During the conversation between Titania and Bottom when Titania has awoken and fallen in love with bottom, they state

    TITANIA
    I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again:
    Mine ear is much enamour’d of thy note;
    So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape;
    And thy fair virtue’s force perforce doth move me
    On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee.

    BOTTOM
    Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason
    for that: and yet, to say the truth, reason and
    love keep little company together now-a-days; the
    more the pity that some honest neighbours will not
    make them friends. Nay, I can gleek upon occasion.

    TITANIA
    Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful.

    To begin, the part of the conversation by bottom certainly has some truth to it. This comes from Bottom, so we know that he has not had much experience with love, however he still speaks the truth about how love and reason have little to no connection. This is the exact opposite of the argument of Lysander, who argued that his sudden change in loyalties was due to a sudden growth to maturity. One might also argue that it is in fact Reason that brings these characters to love, as there was the clear reason of the flower’s nectar which with their eyes were anointed. In this scenario, Bottom speaks in an almost mocking tone, as if to say, “I don’t know why you would like me, but ok.” I see this as to portray that Bottom truly does not believe his traits to be attractive, tus still demonstrating the theme of perception.

  20. In act 3, scene 1, of a Midsummer’s Night Dream, the Mechanicals are in the woods at the same place where Titania is sleeping. The group goes through several discussions about all the props they were missing, how Thisbe killing himself should not be part of the play and even which actors play which role. When they finally finish their discussions. Eventually, Titania wakes up and the first person she sees is Bottom. All of a sudden she is madly in love with him and wants him to sing more. I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again: Mine ear is much enamour’d of thy note; So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape;
    And thy fair virtue’s force perforce doth move me On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee. Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason for that: and yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together now-a-days; themore the pity that some honest neighbours will not make them friends. Nay, I can gleek upon occasion. Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful. Now that Titania is in love with Bottom, it will be easy for Oberon to take the Indian boy for himself. This shows how sophisticated and twisted Oberon can be. Just to get the boy, he gives her magic that makes her love someone else meaning that she no longer loves Oberon(, but then again, did she ever love him to begin with?)

    • Great response Aniket! I like your ideas but I think you mixed up Pyramus and Thisbe. Bottom was telling quince how Pyramus shouldn’t be killed.

  21. In the lines from act III scene i, Puck puts a potion on Titania to make her fall in love with the first person she sees, or should I say first thing she sees. Puck turns Nick Bottom into a donkey, and Titania wakes up to him singing. I think Shakespeare is trying to convey another side of love, a side we haven’t seen with the four aristocratic lovers. “And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together now-a-days; the more the pity that some honest neighbours will not make them friends. Nay, I can gleek upon occasion.” The speaker here is Bottom, the annoying man who was recently turned into a donkey. He is speaking to Titania about how it is strange how she loves a donkey, but love now-a-days isn’t about reason. The tone seems light because Bottom is making jokes, but he is conveying an interesting idea. Love is not about thinking things over, it is about seeing someone and immediately falling for them. With Lysander, Helena, Demetrius, and Hermia, they never talked about this, but it is prevalent in their story. These young haven’t known their loves for too long, but they are still doing whatever it takes to be with the person they want. I think Oberon’s magical potion is almost like a metaphor for this lack of reason. Love is love, and that is all it is. People think of love as a big thing, but Bottom is saying that love is just how you feel. Agree with it or not, Shakespeare is trying to convey this message in all of the stories going on in this play.

  22. When we read Act III, scene I, lines 139-150, we see yet another example of Shakespeare being ahead of his time. The first words Titania says to Bottom are, “I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again: / Mine ear is much enamour’d of thy note; / So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape; / And thy fair virtue’s force perforce doth move me / On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee.” I know that the flower is making her fall immediately in love, but I think that it’s also hinting at the whole “falling in love with a person’s image opposed to who they actually are” thing. When she makes a comment on his intelligence after, it’s more of an after-thought rather than an actual thoughtful comment. When Bottom makes a comment on reason and love keeping little company, he is saying that sometimes love occurs in strange places and without reason or prompting or anything. This is and has been true for a long time, like when you see two people together who you would never think to see, or when someone dates someone without actually giving it any thought and just acting on impulse. This almost goes back to a similar idea in Romeo and Juliet, as everything is acted upon impulse. I’m not exactly sure what Bottom means by, “the more the pity that some honest neighbours will not make them friends. Nay, I can gleek upon occasion.” To gleek is to joke about something, but I don’t know what’s being joked about in this situation. Hopefully it’ll come up in class at some point and we can see what he means by it.

  23. In this part Act 3, we see the mechanicals on stage rehearsing their play of Pyramus and Thisbe, while Titania is asleep. When she wakes up she has the nectar on her eyes, and falls in love with Bottom. Bottom says how much he doubts what she says about him, and that he thinks not of what she says. In essence, Oberon has gotten what he wanted, he wanted Titania to be fooled, and that is just what happened. Imagine, Titania, the queen of all the fairies, falling in love with a mere mechanical! What embarrassment! That shows that Titania has been cast under the magical spell of the nectar, and now is hoplessly in love with bottom.

  24. Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason
    for that: and yet, to say the truth, reason and
    love keep little company together now-a-days; the
    more the pity that some honest neighbours will not
    make them friends. Nay, I can gleek upon occasion.
    This quote is a very critical one to understanding one of the most critical thoughts throughout the entire play. That idea is the disconnection between love and reason. The nectar portrayed would be the root cause of this disconnection, although it could be implying the nature of love itself is such. The premise is that anyone who has the nectar squeezed in their eyes while sleeping will instantly fall in love with the first living thing they see. This power denies anyone’s best wishes or reasoning, much like love might. In this place specifically, we see Titania, without question, blindly loving this foul looking beast, even though he even tells her it makes no sense, and she should stop. In some senses, Shakespeare is criticizing love, or at the very least pointing out flaws.

  25. In Act III scene i of the play the bottom gets turned into a person with a donkeys head by Puck. When this happens he starts singing and wakes up Titania making her fall in love with him due to the nectar of the flower. While this all is happening Bottom reveals a true lesson on what love is and how it works.”Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason for that: and yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together now-a-days; the more the pity that some honest neighbours will not make them friends. Nay, I can gleek upon occasion.” He is completely right to say that love has no reason. Most of the time people love for no reason at all. Magic is not the only thing that can take this reason and logic away. However love with reason is probably the most strong of love. This whole scene also shows a sense of irony considering that Titania said she loves his appearance, but in fact Bottom even knows he looks ugly now. All in all Shakespeare always seem to incorporate this blind love or love without reason in this play

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