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Imagery There are three different types of imagery each different type is used to make a part of text seem particularly realistic as if the person can actually see what is happening. The three types of imagery are: Similes are when the text says something is like another as a comparison e.g. cold as ice. Metaphors are when the text says something is something else e.g. the wind was a slap in the face. The third type if imagery is personification this is where an object is given human properties e.g. the wind whipped through the sky. Shakespeare employed imagery so often for various reasons. The scenery for his plays were very basic so he needed to build up a mental image using words. Also Shakespeare's plays were performed in hot mid summer days so the images had to take the audience to a different location such as a castle at night. ...read more.


He describes her as, as pretty as jewels and doves, both figures of unequaled beauty. Also he says about how she has this quality that lights up the room and outshines even the torches in the room. This shows how highly Romeo regards Juliet by all the over exaggeration in his speech. Another example of a cluster where vast amounts of imagery is used is on page 45 where Juliet pines about the fact that Romeo is a Montague. She tells us how she loathes the name Montague with such passion but at the same time loves Romeo with the same force and her feelings are confusing her. This shows that hatred and love (the theme of the play) are very closely related and shows that one emotion can stem from another " my only love sprung from my only hate." ...read more.


sparks an immediate feeling of hatred and tension is also built on what Tybalt will do to Romeo " Tis he, that villain Romeo." He speaks sharply to keep pace in the speech. The third dramatic effect of imagery is that it reveals social values and strong religious beliefs held by many people in Elizabethan period. One example of this is the manner in which Juliet and Romeo play on the idea of "saints" and "sin" in act 1 scene 5 this shows that both people take their religion very seriously, so much so that is frequently used in their everyday speech. "Sin from my lips?" I believe that imagery plays a very important part in all of Shakespeare's plays as it builds on the core aspects of both the play and its themes, they can also be used as improvisation on various occasions so as the audience gets a better feel of the events of the play. ...read more.

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