• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Comment on the different kinds if dramatic speech in this extract - Act 3 Scene 2 (413-463) A Midsummer Nights Dream.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Comment on the different kinds if dramatic speech in this extract. Act 3 Scene 2 (413-463) In Act 3 Scene 2, there is a confrontation between the four lovers Helena, Hermia, Lysander and Demetrius. Towards the end of the scene, Puck leads the lovers in the wood through 'drooping fog' to sleep in order to restore their proper vision. Puck does this by imitating the voices of Lysander and Demetrius which Shakespeare uses as a speech rather than a conversation. Shakespeare uses many different techniques in this extract such as, repetition, rhyming couplets, quatrians and dramatic irony . Lysander's language reflects his feelings of revenge and as he seeks Demetrius to fight a duel, he is very competitive, 'I follow'd fast, but faster he did fly'. 'He goes before me, and still hares me on;' This shows that Lysander is immature and selfish as his character is presented through his words of revenge and competitiveness. Lysander's last line in his speech further emphasises the obsession with revenge, 'I'll find Demetrius and revenge this spite'. The character of Demetrius is also presented in a manly macho way where all his thoughts involve revenge on Lysander, 'Nay then, thou mock'st me. ...read more.

Middle

Helena is pitiful which is effective as it causes sympathy from the audience. Hermia is also presented in a tired and emotional way, 'I can no further crawl, no further go,' Unlike Helena, Hermia has a notion of forgiveness for Lysander which shows her forgiving character, 'Heaven shield Lysander, if they mean a fray.' There is a striking comparison between the two genders in which the females talk of themselves rather than the males who talk of their revenge on each other. Shakespeare's presentations of the male and female characters show many differences. Demetrius and Lysander are hot-tempered and concentrate on their fight for Hermia, whereas Hermia and Helena's speeches are about themselves and their emotions. This comparison is further emphasised by their dramatic speech, Helena and Hermia both speak in quatrians, this effect expresses their weariness compared to the males noble speeches. Demetrius and Lysander's sentences are sharp but Helena and Hermia's speeches emphasise the sounds f the vowels, 'And sleep that sometimes shuts up sorrow's eye'. This shows that Shakespeare is trying to portray distinct differences between males and females. ...read more.

Conclusion

Puck's tone of pity is shown through this speech as the word 'poor' emphasises this. Puck speaks in rhyme which is fairylike, na�ve and even magical, 'On the ground, Sleep sound, I'll apply To your eye, Gentle lover, remedy'. This rhyming pattern is effective as it not only links in with the magical feeling and the spell, but it also reminds the audience that Puck is a fairy. In this extract, a repetition of sunlight is expressed through the four lovers. 'Come, thou gentle day', 'If ever I thy face by daylight see', Abate thy hours, shine comforts from the east', and 'Here will I rest me till the break of day'. This effect shows that they are unconsciously know that all will be restored in the morning. The fact that the four lovers have been thrown into a state of chaos is used for comic effect. In conclusion, Shakespeare uses many different types of speech for different effects. Lysander and Demetrius' manly, selfish, and revengeful character is shown through their repetition and rhyming couplets. Hermia and Hermia are presented through their emotional speeches, and their alternate rhymes emphasis their weariness. Puck's fairylike and na�ve character reveals his attitude toward men and women and the use of rhyme is simple and childlike. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE A Midsummer Night's Dream section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE A Midsummer Night's Dream essays

  1. 'A Mid Summer Night's Dream' by William Shakespeare. How do events support Lysander's ...

    He discards the `tedious minutes' he spent with Hermia, and exaggerates his love for Helena in an effort to persuade Helena that it was always her that he loved. Helena becomes increasingly confused, as just days before her friends were talking of fleeing Athens and leaving their whole lives behind just so they could be together.

  2. Explore the social and historical context through Shakespeares stagecraft in A Midsummer Nights Dream

    shall never do thee good" Capulet judges Juliet as a traitor and is determined to get her to the church on Thursday as he says he will 'drag thee on a hurdle' which was used for the executions of traitors, this emphasises the scale of the insult it would be

  1. How does Shakespeare introduce the play's key themes of love, comedy and magic in ...

    And his name is Francis Flute, which could suggest that he has a lisp and would find it hard to say. Section 3: Magic The final theme that Shakespeare introduces is magic. He creates this through the characters and the different things that they say and do.

  2. In What Ways Does Shakespeare Create Disorder And Confusion in Act 3 Scene 2?

    So it has gone from Helena being in love with Demetrius, but Demetrius being in love with Hermia who is in love with Lysander, and Lysander loves Hermia back. It has then gone to Helena being in love with Demetrius who is in love with Hermia, Hermia is in love

  1. Key Qualities of Youth in a Midsummer Night's Dream

    know by being honest helps other people understand their situation better, despite the consequences they will later face.

  2. A Midsummer Nights Dream

    He tries to persuade him that he is a worthy man, explaining that he is as 'well-derived as he / as well-possessed: my love is more than his / my fortunes every way as fairly ranked'. This makes the audience feel sorry for him, as he seems genuine when he explains that he is good man to marry his daughter.

  1. Life Before Lysander

    Everywhere, all I could see were people in pain, agony in their eyes, trying to hold on to some sort of normality, struggling through the different stages of this affliction. A fever ravaged their bodies, weakening them, slowing their movements and restricting breathing.

  2. Discuss Pucks role in A Midsummer Nights Dream.

    Hence Puck plays a humorous role in A Midsummer Night's Dream of lightening the mood of the play, causing it to be a comedy instead of tragedy. Puck also plays a hero in the play as he is the central character.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work