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What literary devices are found in act 2, scene 2, of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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One literary device we see in act 2, scene 2, of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is a pun. After Titania falls asleep and is enchanted by Oberon's use of the magic flower, Lysander and Hermia enter the scene, feeling exhausted for having lost their way through the woods. Lysander suggests they find a place to sleep for the night. Wanting to preserve her maidenhood, Hermia tells Lysander to find his own bed away from her saying, "Lie further off yet, do not lie so near" (44). In response, Lysander makes a pun out of the word lie. On the one hand, he is using it to mean unfaithfulness ; on the other hand, he is using it to speak of lying with Hermia,...

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