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Examine the language and functions of Romeo & Juliet's Soliloquies.

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Examine the language and functions of Romeo & Juliet's Soliloquies. A soliloquy is during a play when an actor will speak his/her thoughts out loud to the audience. The actor will usually stand-alone on stage but if another actor is on stage they will go on with what they are doing. The purpose of a soliloquy is to help the audience understand the imagery. Shakespeare used soliloquies for the audience due to them going to listen to a play instead of watching it as we do today. Throughout the play Shakespeare's soliloquies are full of contrasting images. These images mostly are contrasting themes from the play, in this case Love which is Romeo & Juliet's love for each other, Hate between the families of Montague's & Capulet, Violence ...read more.

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Romeo goes and bys poison from the apothecary. An apothecary is like a morgue. This image of death describes and implicates the theme of death running through the play. There is a large similarity between the soliloquy starting "Well Juliet, I will lie with thee to-night" and "Villain and he be miles asunder." It is in "Villain and he be miles asunder" Juliet show to her family that she is upset over the death of her cousin Tybalt due to Romeo killing him, but infact she is more upset due to Romeo being banished from Verona. And in "Well Juliet, I will lie with thee to-night" Romeo is very upset due to him thinking Juliet is dead. ...read more.

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There has been a grudge between the two families for years. Juliet means she loves a member of the Montague family, which is supposed to be her enemy. In most of the soliloquies there is a lot of reparation. One example is Juliet says before she drinks the friar's potion, "dash out my desperate brains" and then Romeo talks of "desperate men". The reparation shows how desperate the situation is in their lives. In the last scene in of the play there are 2 touching soliloquies. The main one is from Romeo. He starts "how oft when men are at the point of death" He is talking about the meaning of death parting lovers in this soliloquy. The other is from Juliet saying about Romeo being taken from her.so she takes his dagger so she can join he love in heaven. ...read more.

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