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Analyse the impact of Violence in Act 1 of "Romeo and Juliet"

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Analyse the impact of Violence in Act one of 'Romeo and Juliet' You may think that "Romeo and Juliet" is a love story, however after studying this play closely you will find that there is also another element to it, which is the opposite of love and that is violence. In this essay I will be looking at the way in which Shakespeare uses figurative language to reflect one of the underlying themes in Romeo and Juliet, violence. The prologue is written in a sonnet. This is a fourteen line poem and rhymes in accordance with one of several patterns. By having just read the first five lines of it, it tells me that this play will not just consist of romance but of tragedy. ...read more.


Gregory: "No, for then we should be colliers."' The word collier was once used to describe those people who sold coal. The word underlying meaning sometimes was aimed towards the dirtiness of the trade or the collier's reputation for cheating. The pun plays on both figurative and literal meaning of carry coals. At the end of the first scene the prince speaks in a blank verse. A blank verse is a verse written in lines of usually ten syllables, without rhyme. The purpose it fulfils in the scene is that it focuses on certain information to show emphasis. For example: "With purple fountains issuing from your veins." In this particular example Shakespeare has used eleven syllables. ...read more.


In Romeo's speech in scene one, Shakespeare uses oxymorons. Oxymorons are words that represent opposites such as, hot and cold. In this speech the oxymorons used are: "Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health," To further explain one of these: 'cold fire' is one oblivious contradiction, because everyone knows that fire is hot. This empathies a point and makes it stand out because you know that they are wrong together. Shakespeare used a lot of figurative language, in order to bring forward the theme of violence in 'Romeo and Juliet'. I enjoyed doing research for this essay, as it helped me understand how different styles of writing can be used to bring about different moods, which I think Shakespeare did well in. in this essay, my main focus was on the prologue and act one; here I discussed Shakespeare's use of puns, blank verse, imagery and so on. ...read more.

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