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.
Paraphrase and analyze the above from Bottom’s speech at the end of Act IV, scene i.
Are we meant to agree or to disagree with his statements? Why or why not? Explain what you think Shakespeare is really trying to teach the audience member or reader in this speech.
As always, be careful to follow the rules of standard written English, and don’t forget to respond to at least one other classmate’s response in this thread.