What are the pictorial elements used in A Midsummer Night's Dream?
Pictorial elements help us visualize in our mind's eye what is going on in a play. They rely on imagery, what is description which uses the fives senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. Pictorial elements rely most fully on visual imagery.
Because the Renaissance stage did not have the resources to do more than gesture at a complete fairy world, Shakespeare uses language to conjure pictures of this enchanted universe. Some of the most compelling pictorial language in the play describes this alternative universe of tiny beings who can fit inside flowers and flit not only around the world, but to other planets.
Two examples of this language are below, both in speeches by Titania in act 2, scene 1. In the first speech, Titania complains to Oberon that his jealousy has ruined the weather for her and the other fairies, bringing "brawls" (or storms with winds...
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