Midsummer Night'a Dream

Midsummer Night'a - Holzhauer 1 Kristin Holzhauer ENGL 5 Dr Duffy 10 December 2007 Lysander's Language and Love's Volatility Love is never subject

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Holzhauer 1 Kristin Holzhauer ENGL 5 Dr. Duffy 10 December 2007 Lysander’s Language and Love’s Volatility Love is never subject to reason. The characters of A Midsummer Night’s Dream have no proper understanding of what they feel; the dream is a magnification of the madness caused by love. Shakespeare elaborates on the spontaneous, impulsive personality of love through Lysander’s language. Passion’s conflict with reason is shown through the juxtaposition of extraordinary differences within his speech. The use of alliteration, word placement, vowel sounds and consonants illustrate Lysander’s conflict with Hermia and Helena. Contrasting language leaves the audience unsure of which lovers will end up together. The volatile nature of Lysander’s words represents his ever-changing passions as he switches from Hermia to Helena and back again. Love is an uncontrollable addiction. The juxtaposition of Lysander’s first words in the dream foreshadows his impending change of affections: Fair love, you faint with wand’ring in the wood; And to speak troth, I have forgot our way. We’ll rest us, Hermia, if you think it good, And tarry for the comfort of the day (2.2 35-38) The quatrain’s alternating rhyme scheme is evidence of Lysander’s fickle nature. Hermia and
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGL 5 taught by Professor Duffy during the Spring '08 term at Marquette.

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Midsummer Night'a - Holzhauer 1 Kristin Holzhauer ENGL 5 Dr Duffy 10 December 2007 Lysander's Language and Love's Volatility Love is never subject

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