Languages in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Comparison Essay by Nicky

Compares the languages of the worlds of fairies and of humans in William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream".
# 145302 | 1,340 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US

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This paper explains that, in William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", the language of the fairies, represented by Oberon, King of the Fairies, compared to the language of the humans, represented by Theseus, Duke of Athens, is far more metaphorical in the way emotions are expressed. In contrast to the specific language of the fairies, the author points out, the human lovers, Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena, speak in vague generalities and use the same types of meter and rhetorical expressions. The paper includes several quotations as examples.

From the Paper:

"Instead of the language of 'what of that' or 'he doesn't know' of Helena, the language of the fairest speaks of the ravishment of mythological figures in blank verse and the careless, transcendent impact passion can have. The fairies' language, even at their pettiest or even when Titania is making love to Bottom as an ass, is always lush and luxuriant, and full of potent images, in contrast to the language of the humans which is, like the human perspective itself, limited in its knowledge of eternity and must be confined into marriage."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Shakespeare, William. "A Midsummer Night's Dream." MIT Classics Page. December 11, 2008

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