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Ch 4: A Midsummer Night's Dream Literary Devices

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Review the literary devices that are used in Shakespeare's ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' with this convenient study guide chapter. These short lessons and quizzes can help you catch up in class and improve your understanding of the play for exams, essays and homework assignments.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help understanding the literary devices that Shakespeare uses in A Midsummer Night's Dream will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to study the play's symbols, figurative language, tone, allusions and more. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the play's literary devices
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

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  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the A Midsummer Night's Dream Literary Devices chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the literary devices in A Midsummer Night's Dream for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Imagery and symbols from A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Shakespeare's use of figurative language
  • Examples of simile, metaphor, personification and irony
  • The play's tone and mood
  • Allusions and mythological references from the play
  • The play's use of satire, paradox and oxymoron
  • Literary devices from the play, including wordplay, puns, alliteration, idioms and hyperbole
  • Examples of iambic pentameter in A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Asides in the play

16 Lessons in Chapter 4: A Midsummer Night's Dream Literary Devices
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Symbols

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream Symbols

Symbols play an important role in William Shakespeare's ''A Midsummer Night's Dream,'' including the moon, roses, and the love potion. In this lesson, we will look at each of these symbols to see how they contribute to the play.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Imagery: Moon, Night & Sight

2. A Midsummer Night's Dream Imagery: Moon, Night & Sight

In this lesson, we'll learn how imagery of the moon, night, and sight in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' affects romantic relationships. We'll learn how various characters in the play view these images differently.

Figurative Language in A Midsummer Night's Dream

3. Figurative Language in A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare was a master of the English language, and much of that mastery stemmed from his artful combination of words and phrases. In this lesson, we will explore Shakespeare's use of figurative language in ''A Midsummer Night's Dream.''

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Metaphor & Simile

4. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Metaphor & Simile

In Shakespeare's play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' the author uses the figurative language device of metaphors and similes to help the reader understand the story. Further explore what these devices are and some examples from the play.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Tone & Mood

5. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Tone & Mood

Looking for a good laugh? The light and humorous tone of ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' will leave you feeling amused and joyous. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the tone and mood of this Shakespearean play.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Allusions & Mythology References

6. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Allusions & Mythology References

You will be introduced to some of the mythic themes and elements found within ''A Midsummer Night's Dream.'' This lesson will include references to Theseus and Hippolyta as well as Pyramus and Thisbe.

Personification in A Midsummer Night's Dream

7. Personification in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Have you ever heard the wind howl? Did you know that's an example of personification? In this lesson, we'll explore the ways Shakespeare applies human traits to inanimate objects in ''A Midsummer Night's Dream.''

Irony in A Midsummer Night's Dream: Verbal, Dramatic & Situational

8. Irony in A Midsummer Night's Dream: Verbal, Dramatic & Situational

In William Shakespeare's play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' the author tells a story of magic and love. We will explore how Shakespeare expressed his purpose through the use of irony: verbal, situational, and dramatic.

Satire in A Midsummer Night's Dream

9. Satire in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Explore Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' and learn why the use of satire in the play creates a uniquely comical love story that is full of big laughs and strong warnings. Then, check out the quiz questions that follow.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Paradox & Oxymoron

10. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Paradox & Oxymoron

William Shakespeare's play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is a magical comedy with playful fairies and people falling in love. Shakespeare uses the literary devices of oxymoron and paradox to bring out the humor in this story.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Wordplay, Puns & Malapropism

11. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Wordplay, Puns & Malapropism

William Shakespeare's play ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' uses wordplay, puns, and malapropisms to amuse the audience. Read further to explore these techniques and how they are used in the play.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Alliteration & Assonance

12. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Alliteration & Assonance

The comedic play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by William Shakespeare tells of characters whose love is distorted by fairy magic. The author uses the literary devices of alliteration and assonance to better express his story.

Idioms in A Midsummer Night's Dream

13. Idioms in A Midsummer Night's Dream

'As good luck would have it,' this lesson is all about idioms - specifically those found in William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' In this lesson, we'll look at some famous sayings from the comedy.

Hyperbole in A Midsummer Night's Dream

14. Hyperbole in A Midsummer Night's Dream

What is a hyperbole, and how does hyperbole come into play in William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'? If you are curious about this, look no further. In this lesson we will examine three solid examples of hyperbole from the play.

Iambic Pentameter in A Midsummer Night's Dream: Examples & Meaning

15. Iambic Pentameter in A Midsummer Night's Dream: Examples & Meaning

This lesson will talk about the use of iambic pentameter in William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' We'll also cover iambic dimeter and iambic trimeter and help you understand what you're reading so it's not so intimidating.

Asides in A Midsummer Night's Dream

16. Asides in A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare expertly uses the literary device of an aside in his magical play ''A Midsummer Night's Dream.'' Read this lesson to explore what makes an aside and how Shakespeare uses them in this play.

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