misunderstanding

Hermia speaks of patience, and Lysander's way of agreeing with her is to suggest they elope immediately (I i 152-168). Later, she speaks of "all the vows that ever men have broke" and he takes that as a promise (I i 175). Reading these examples as misunderstandings between the lovers, and also based on his discussion of Hermia and Lysander's literary experience of love, Eliot Krieger concludes that "language becomes a barrier between the lovers rather than a means of communication. (..) The lovers are so aware of language that they have no awareness of each other." (Krieger 1996: 45).

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