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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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The Purpose of Synesthesia

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Synesthesia is a figure of speech (as well as a medical condition) that combines in a single expression images related to two or more different senses. Bottom's speeches and lines continuously have examples of this literary term, such as, when he says,

I see a voice! Now will I to the chink,
To spy and I can hear my Thisby's face. (5.1.193)

What is Shakespeare's purpose in using synesthesia at this point in the play?

A

To create even more confusion in the scene.

B

To emphasize Bottom's unorthodox use of language, which helps to create unique imagery.

C

To juxtapose the intelligent lines of Thisby with the ridiculous mistakes of Pyramus.

D

To add to the humor and ridiculousness of the Mechanicals' acting.

E

To characterize Bottom (Pyramus) as an ordinary thinker who sometimes uses extraordinary imagery.