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Shakespeare's syntax (the order in which words are arranged in a sentence) can be confusing at times.

What does Oberon mean when he tells Titania to call music that will

strike more dead
Than common sleep of all these five the sense (4.1.82-83)?

A

He wants Bottom and the four lovers to be struck dead and then rise from sleep so that their memories of the wood would be wiped clean.

B

He wants Titania to sing to Bottom and the four lovers one last time. Her song should be a song of death, causing forgetfulness.

C

He wants Bottom and the four lovers to be awakened from a deathlike sleep by Titania's song and have no sense of where they were.

D

He wants Titania's music to cover their exit from the wood so that Bottom and the four lovers won't know where he and Titania have gone.

E

He wants Bottom and the four lovers to understand even less about their adventures in the wood than if they had been dreaming.

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