I just reread A Midsummer Night's Dream and was inspired to ask you all about Bottom's Epilogue. If you recall, he had an Epilogue planned, but the courtly audience had had enough of the entertainment of Bottom and company for one night. So what do you think Bottom's Epilogue would have been like had he been able to perform it? You can answer this with just ideas or with an epilogue of your own creation. It's up to you.
Personally, I think it would have been hilarious. Part of me wishes it would have been included. Yet, so much foolishness in one large chunk might have been too much. It's interesting to think how Bottom would have interpreted his affair with Titania and then how he would have translated it into verse (or Bottom's attempt at verse ).
The film version starring Kevin Kline as Bottom does an interesting job of honing in on Bottom's character (although, overall the film was disjointed and focused more on the setting and less on character and plot). Rewatching that film might prove useful in exploring Bottom's character.
My mentor always looked at Bottom's monologue upon waking from his "dream" as his true epilogue, and paraphrased it as saying "Oh gee! I just ****ed a fairy!"
"Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments will hum about mine ears; and sometimes voices, that, if I then had wak'd after long sleep, will make me sleep again; and then, in dreaming, the clouds methought would open and show riches ready to drop upon me, that, when I wak'd, I cried to dream again"