Mid-Summer's Nights Dream "The moment when Bottom awakens from this dream is the supreme moment of the play. There is nothing more wonderful in the poet's early works and few things more wonderful in any of them. For what Shakespeare has caught in perfection is the original miracle of the Imagination, the awakening of the spiritual life in the animal man.
Bottom is an ass. If Bottom can be redeemed, matter itself and man in all his materiality can be redeemed also." H. C. Goddard in The Fool and His Scepter by William Willeford