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In A Midsummer Night's Dream, is the meter purposefully distorted in the rude...

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laural50 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 1, 2007 at 5:15 AM via web

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In A Midsummer Night's Dream, is the meter purposefully distorted in the rude mechanicals' play?

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mrerick | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 12, 2007 at 2:57 AM (Answer #1)

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YES! Shakespeare does this often in his plays to show social status. By having his workmen speak in broken prose instead of the flowing iambic pentament of the other characters, he has created a gap between upper and lower class. Another example example of Shakespeare using this technique is in Julius Caesar, particularily when Brutus is speaking to the commoners.

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