Figurative Language in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Metaphor comparison of two unlike things not using “like” or “as”
Simile comparison of two unlike things using “like” or “as”
Hyperbole an exaggeration
Personification giving human qualities to non-human things
“Another moon: but, O, methinks, how slowThis old moon wanes! she lingers my desires,” Theseus is communicating how he can’t wait to marry Hyppolyta, but it’s taking so long for it to be their wedding day.
“What say you, Hermia? Be advised fair maid:To you your father should be as a god;” Theseus is communicating how Hermia should view her father and why she needs to obey him.
“One that composed your beauties, yea, and oneTo whom you are but as a form in waxBy him imprinted and within his powerTo leave the figure or disfigure it.” Theseus is communicating how much control Egeus should have over Hermia.
“How now, my love! why is your cheek so pale?How chance the roses there do fade so fast?” Lysander is communicating that he can see that Hermia is upset.
“Who will not change a raven for a dove?” Lysander is using a metaphor to explain that Hermia now disgusts him and he now finds Helena much prettier.
“You see an ass-head of your own, do you?” This is a pun! Bottom is calling Snout an idiot, but what he does not realize is that he’s the one who literally has changed into a donkey.
“Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful” This is an example of how dramatic irony can create humor. This line is funny because while it’s true, it’s not true in the same way that Titania means it.
“Tie up my love’s tongue” Titania wants Bottom to be quiet because he sounds like a donkey.
“Pierced through the heart with your stern cruelty” Demetrius is communicating that Hermia is hurting him because she does not love him.
“O, then, what graces in my love do dwell, That he hath turn’d a heaven unto a hell.” Hermia is communicating that she used to really love living in Athens, but now that she’s being forced to marry Demetrius, she hates it.
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