Essay on Notes On Words And Words
B) Cobbler: “A trade, sir, that I hope I may use with a safe conscience, which indeed, sir, a mender of bad soles” (1.1.12-15).
Cobbler uses this pun to address that he is a mender of worn soles. This literally means that he repairs the soles of shoes, but it can mean he mends souls. He can repair shoes but cannot repair the broken souls of people’s lives. He is a simple man and lives a simple life.
2) A) Pun: “play on words.” Based on multiple meanings of a single word or on words that sound alike (homophones) but mean different things.
B) Cobbler: “Truly, sir, all that I live by is with the awl” (1.1.24-25).
Cobbler uses this pun about awl. Awl is derived from the word withal, which means nevertheless, but awl refers to a stiff needle for making holes. He uses an awl to repair shoes, but, like the previous quote, cannot repair the souls of people using this needle.
3) A) Hyperbole: “a figure of speech that uses an incredible exaggeration or overstatement, for effect.”
B) Flavius: “It is no matter. Let no images be hung with Caesar’s trophies” (1.1.77-79).
Flavius is saying to make sure that none of the statues are decorated in tribute to Caesar. He will walk around and force the commoners off the streets. He addresses people to do the same, wherever the crowds are thick. If they take away Caesar’s support, he will not be able…