A Midsummer Night's Dream

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The Danger in the Woods in A Midsummer Night's Dream


Which of the animal images from the play emphasizes the dangers that the fairies and mortals face in the woods?


“Be it ounce, or cat, or bear, / Pard, or boar with bristeled hair, / In they eye that shall appear / When thou wak'st, it is thy dear.” (2.2.30)


“And there the snake throws her enameled skin, / Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in.” (2.1.255)


“The dove pursues the griffin; the mild hind / Makes speed to catch the tiger; bootless speed, / When cowardice pursues, and valor flies.” (2.1.232)


“I'll run from thee and hide me in the brakes, / And leave thee to the mercy of the wild beasts.” (2.1.227)


“I am your spaniel; and Demetrius, / The more you beat me, I will fawn on you. / Use me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me, / Neglect me, lose me;”(2.1.203)