| Quote #4
When Bottom volunteers to play the role of Thisbe and make his voice high-pitched, Shakespeare alludes to the fact that all female roles were played by male actors on Shakespeare's stage. Usually, these parts were given to boys with high-pitched or, "monstrous little" voices.
| Quote #5
Snug is excited at the prospect of getting to perform before the Duke because he thinks it's an opportunity for social advancement. He imagines his crew becoming "made men" and earning "sixpence" for their efforts.
Brain Snack: Technically, Shakespeare the actor/playwright was a commoner, but he was so successful that he was able to buy property and even applied for a coat of arms. However, it doesn't seem like the Mechanicals are headed in the same direction, does it?
| Quote #6
After hearing the young Athenians' stories, Theseus says that madmen, lovers, and poets have a lot in common – they're all highly imaginative and also a little nuts.