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

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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.

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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.

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