William Shakespeare 's Midsummer Night 's Dream

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Shakespeare’s language usage in Midsummer Night’s Dream is full of strong metaphors to help emphasis important laws on human nature. A perfect example of a metaphor Shakespeare uses to shake up our understanding on people is when Hermia states, “That he hath turn’d a heaven unto a hell!” while exchanging words with Helena. This metaphor was used by Hermia in an attempt to explain the strength of her love for Lysander and to ease Helena’s uneasy mind. Her uneasy mind was apparent upon the initial greeting offered by Hermia. Instead of a formal greeting back, Helena begins complaining about how lovely Hermia’s features are. Concluding her rant, Helena asks Hermia for advice on how to win over Demetrius. Hermia, seeing Helena in clear distraught, attempts to ease her mind by telling Helena of her and Lysander’s plans to leave Athens. Upon doing so, she directly relates Athens to a “paradise” she once knew. The restrictions within Athens, preventing her from loving Lysander, has turned this “paradise” unto a “hell”. This is made clear to the reader when Hermia says, “Before the time I did Lysander see, / Seem 'd Athens as a paradise to me”. Hermia’s love for Lysander simply trumped her love for Paradise and in having to decide between the two, Hermia chooses Lysander. Throughout the rest of Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare consistently uses powerful metaphors, such as the one Hermia gave, within the dialect of the characters to draw conclusions on the chaotic and foolish
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