Similes In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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A Midsummer Night's Dream, written by William Shakespeare, is comedy that was performed to audience in a manner that made the audience feel as if they had been in a dream. This dream theme was carried throughout the play by the characters' actions and words. In this quote, Lysander foreshadows the supposed dreams all the characters are inevitably going to enter. Lysander also explains how quickly love can begin and then diminish. To begin, this quote emphasizes on how quickly love can fade. Lysander says that when two lovers are together, "war, death, or sickness" may cause the end of their relationship, making the relationship only "momentary [like] a sound" (Act 1 Scene 1). Two lovers time together can be "as swift as a shadow," as "short as any dream," or as "brief as the lightning in the coiled night" (Act 1…show more content…
This is how quickly "bright things" can be lost (Act 1 Scene 1). In this quote, Shakespeare uses similes to describe the rate at which love disappears. This results in more emphasize to be put on how brief feelings are. The similes also create a clear visual in readers' mind as to the speed in which love can go from happy to miserable. Lysander also mentions love being "short as any dream" (Act 1 Scene 1). This simile correlates to Hippolystates statement in which she tell Theseus that the “four nights will quickly dream away the time" (Act 1 Scene 1). Here she is describing that the next four days until their wedding will be quickly dreamt away with each passing night. This simile also foreshadows to the future events the characters' are going to face. The first place in which dreams are seen is when Hermia wakes up in the woods telling Lysander, "what a dream was here," (Act 2 Scene 2). She is telling Lysander that she just had an unbelievable dream. The second place a dream becomes important is in Act three. Oberon realizes he must fix the
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