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How does Shakespeare use language and dramatic devices to communicate Romeo's mood at different points in the play?

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How does Shakespeare use language and dramatic devices to communicate Romeo's mood at different points in the play? The play "Romeo and Juliet" is a story study of love, violence and death which originally took place in Verona, Italy. The play is about a Montague boy and a Capulet girl. The boy, Romeo and the girl Juliet fall in love. The Montague and Capulet family are enemies. Romeo and Juliet get married, but die at the end. The play is about the two lovers, which go through violence, death and fate in the play to achieve their love and freedom. During the two scenes Act 2, Scene 2 and Act 3, Scene 3, Romeo goes through many changes of emotions and mood in the play. At the beginning of the play Romeo is in love with Rosaline. Romeo and his friends decide to go and gatecrash Juliet's engagement party. Romeo's character seems very fickle as he keeps falling in and out of love. The mood illustrated in "Romeo and Juliet" changed radically from the beginning of the play to the end. This is shown throughout the story through the physical and emotional event that takes place in the two scenes. Romeo sets his eyes on Juliet and it is love at first sight. Only when they realise that they are from feuding families and were brought up under the impression that they hate each other. ...read more.

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Shakespeare uses metaphors such as, "the brightness of her cheeks would shame these stars, as daylight doth a lamp," to communicate the depth of Romeo's emotions to Juliet and the audience. By comparing Juliet to these metaphors the audience will be able to feel what Romeo feels. If I was directing, I would make Romeo deliver his speech powerfully but intelligently. In the 'Baz Luhrmann' version of Romeo and Juliet, you can see that Romeo's speeches are delivered passionately, which informs the audience that Romeo adores Juliet. If this was to be directed upon stage I would want Romeo to use facial expressions and speak in a more enthusiastic way. Therefore, it will show that it is no ordinary crush but love at first sight and it isn't an illusion. The repetition of words and phrases is another effective device used by Shakespeare to communicate Romeo's mood at different points in the play. The constant repetition of the word "love" tightens the tension of the plot as the two families are enemies and gives an extra insight into Romeo's character. This shows that Romeo is adamant and once he has made is mind up, then it cannot be changed. In addition, Romeo communicates in an affectionate manner towards the start, but as tension builds up and everything seems to get serious, words like "night" and "murder" are used. ...read more.

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Friar Lawrence delivers his long speech, first rebuking Romeo, then seeking to cheer him, then setting out a plan of action this keeps the audience interested in the scene. Romeo is trying to seek hope as he is anxious of meeting Juliet and afraid of losing her. Friar Lawrence sends Romeo to Juliet, warning him to leave early for the Mantua and await news. "Sojourn (stay, wait) in Mantua: I'll find out your man, and he shall signify from time to time every good hap to you that chances here." Romeo is calm as Friar settles him down with his plan and he ends the scene with some hope for the future. William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet is a play full of dramatic devices, body language, facial expressions and especially Romeo's mood changes. Romeo in the play uses facial expressions, voice tone and body language to express his feelings and use the correct tone of voice to emphasise the anger and pain that he is going through. Shakespeare shows Romeo's change of mood and situation trough his choice of language, such as, when Romeo is feeling passionate he uses the word "bright", "sun" and "kill the envious moon" to express his feelings towards Juliet as well as the audience/reader. However, when Romeo is in a critical state he uses words such as, "murder", "banishment" and "death" to express his feelings as this indicates that the situation in the story has become serious, which creates tension towards the audience and builds up the atmosphere. Kamran Hussain 10MF 09/05/2007 1 ...read more.

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