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Examine Shakespeares use of language in Act 2 scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet. How do events in this scene foreshadow the end of the play?

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Examine Shakespeare's use of language in Act 2 scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet. How do events in this scene foreshadow the end of the play? In this essay I am going to be looking at some of the ways Shakespeare uses language in Act 2 scene 2, also I will be looking at clues that there are about the way that the play ends. Throughout this essay I will be looking at Shakespeare's use of antithesis, imagery, similes, metaphors, sense of foreboding and also dramatic irony. At the begging of the scene Romeo says that Mercutio can 'jest at scars' because he has 'never felt a wound', soon after this Mercutio is killed. This gives a hint to the audience that what the characters say is almost never true, and the play is full of sadness. At the start of the play Romeo and Juliet fall in love with each other although Romeo had said to be in love with Rosaline. This gives u the idea that Romeo falls in and out of love very quickly and easily. ...read more.

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considering though art, if any of my kinsmen find thee here', and also where Juliet says 'If they do see thee they will murder thee'. Both of these quotes have similar meanings which are that if any of Juliet's relatives find Romeo there they will murder him. This is also an example of dramatic irony as the audience already know that Romeo is going to die at the end of the play. Another similar example is said by Romeo where it says 'My life is better ended by their hate than death prorogued, wanting your love'. Here Romeo says that he'd rather they kill him than him living without Juliet's love. Once again this is foreshadowing the end of the play as at the end, he does die, as a result of not being able to have the love of Juliet. Juliet asks Romeo to declare his love 'faithfully' and is worried that she is 'too quickly won'. She says 'pardon... this yielding to light love' which means excuse me, because you made me love you so easily. ...read more.

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Here he also says that this love of theirs may not be real. This is giving the audience a clue that the ending of the play will not be positive. Juliet promises to marry Romeo, however when the nurse calls Juliet, Romeo has no choice but to leave. Here he feels like a school boy going to school with 'heavy books'. This gives us a clue that Romeo is carrying heavy thoughts over his shoulder. Juliet clearly claims that she could 'kill thee with such cherishing', meaning she could love him to death. At the end of the play Romeo does die, and it is due to the love of Juliet. Foreshadowing has been used for a long time to reveal horroriffic endings and scheming love, helping the reader from being to overly surprised by the outcomes. Shakespeare used this technique of writing to add much more meaning to his play. In this particular play, Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare utilises foreshadowing to keep the audience from becoming to upset by the tragic outcome. He also uses it to display Romeo's and Juliet's enduring love for one another. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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