Shakespeare's writing makes use of different styles of language. The story and themes of A Midsummer Night's Dream enable Shakespeare to play with the language of the characters.

Three particular forms of language employed by Shakespeare can be identified as

- blank verse
- prose
- rhyming couplets

All three can be found in A Midsummer Night's Dream and the following pages offer examples from the production. These examples also explore how the language helps with character development as well as differentiating between types of characters, for example the fairies and the mortals.

Finally, language is also used to designate different kinds of character, social class and status in particular, as well as different kinds of situation - comedy and tragedy.

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