A Midsummer Night's Dream Figurative Language Analysis

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Throughout his plays, Shakespeare uses figurative language to depict a greater message than what is simply read. Love is a reoccurring theme throughout Shakespeare’s play A
Midsummer Night’s Dream and although this play deals with romance, it is not a typical love story like others we are familiar with. Love is believed to be a passionate experience that brings happiness into the lives of those involved; however, Shakespeare writes a satire on this thought in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He uses a metaphor that “Love said to be a child” (1.1.238) while he writes his play. This metaphor is portrayed through characters that become a child once they fall in love. Clearly, Shakespeare does not truly mean that the character becomes a child, but instead childish, or a fool, once he or
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A metaphor is defined “as a figure of speech which makes an implicit, implied or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated but share common characteristics” (Literary
Devices). The metaphor Shakespeare uses throughout A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Love said to be a child”, is a metaphor because love and a child are unrelated in comparison as a figure of speech. Love is a feeling whereas a child is a noun. Shakespeare writes as though love can become a child because each character that expresses love becomes a childish one. This comparison is implicit because it is not simply stated in his text, but instead shown through actions the characters express once they find love. A metaphor is a figurative language device because it pushes the reader to delve further into what is initially said to find deeper meaning in the text. It becomes clear that Shakespeare is writing about a love that is not romantic, opposite of that in Romeo and Juliet. Love makes the characters miserable and tears them apart. At the

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