What is a word that is repeated excessively in act V of A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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One word that is repeated excessively in Act 5 is “strange.”  This emphasizes the bizarre and silly nature of the events of the play.

It is one of the first words spoken in this scene.  Hippolyta reflects on the story the pairs of lovers told.

'Tis strange, my Theseus, that these lovers speak

of. (Act 5, Scene 1)

Theseus agrees.  He believes that the lovers are mistaken, and confused.  Yet they are properly paired, and each is with someone he loves, so it is therefore all right with him.  As long as love is in the air, and everyone is happy, he won’t question it.  She acknowledges that as they tell the tale it will become seen as truth, and they decide to drop it.

 

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