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Midsummer nights dream

             Obviously the main characters in this scene are the mechanicals, although the lords do add to the dramatic effect of the scene and influence the other characters. In order to make this scene so funny, Shakespeare has used a lot of literary devices to emphasise the humour. The play is a parody of “Romeo And Juliet”.
             The star of the play is Pyramus, who is played by Bottom. In contrast to most of the other characters, Bottom is not at all nervous, and should come across as boastful and big-headed. As soon as Pyramus enters for his first scene with Thisby and Wall, he should march on stage very proudly and confidently. Pyramus should use his words to create a mood, by rolling his “r’s” and lengthening the “o” in his first speech. By doing this he is making himself sound false and affected, creating a lot of Melodrama. A lot of repetition is used in the speech, such as “alack”, which sounds exaggerated and again adds to the melodrama. Pyramus is so nervous and excited that he is quick to jump to conclusions as to why Thisby is not there, and these nerves should be shown by facial expressions, such as a sharp intake of breath and widening of the eyes, as well as the speech quickening up and the hands being raised to the head in despair. Pyramus should be very exaggerated in the way that he tries to persuade the wall to “Show me thy chink”, and I think he should shower it with affection, giving him kisses whilst speaking to him and perhaps winking at him, as if he is in love with him. When Pyramus realises that he cannot see Thisby through the wall he should become extremely angry with the wall, and be violent towards him, kicking him and pushing him to the floor. This changing of emotions and them back again is called an antithesis, and it is emphasised by taking both of the emotions to the extreme. Through out the play Pyramus should continue doing this, exaggerating everything he feels like the upset of Thisby’s death (or so he thought) and his anger at the lion.