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Write about the effectiveness of Shakespeare's imagery in The Banquet, Balcony and Monument Scenes of "Romeo and Juliet" "That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet."Shakespeare uses imagery and metaphors

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Write about the effectiveness of Shakespeare's imagery in The Banquet, Balcony and Monument Scenes of "Romeo and Juliet" "That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet." Shakespeare uses imagery and metaphors throughout "Romeo and Juliet" to great effect. By using language, instead of props or backdrops to produce a vivid picture, he is engaging the audience more and making them think for themselves. This dramatic technique is used to the best effect in the Banquet, Balcony and Monument scenes, when portraying Romeo and Juliet's love. The Banquet scene is the first time Romeo sees Juliet, so the language used has to make a big impact so as to convey to the Elizabethan audience that this is true love, in contrast with Romeo's infatuation with Rosaline. "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright". Shakespeare uses alliteration on "teach the torches" and "burn bright" to make Romeo's words sound more beautiful and poetic, ideally like a sonnet. The words are coincidently very much like one of Shakespeare's sonnets, Sonnet 21, where he contrasts light with dark. Shakespeare uses this same comparison throughout the play to convey emotions, foreshadow tragedy and express the stages of the young love to the audience. In a way, Romeo and Juliet's devotion is like light against the dark background of feuding families. ...read more.

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"Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief That thou her maid art far more fair than she." It is interesting that Romeo compares Juliet's beauty to the moon here, as he has just described her as his sun. In mythology, Diana, the Goddess of the moon, is served by virgin maids. Being a virgin, Juliet is depicted as one of these maids, but Romeo believes that Diana is jealous of Juliet's beauty. He asks her to stop serving the moon, and therefore stop being a virgin and become his lover instead. This shows Romeo is passionate in a sexual way about Juliet, which would be quite exciting to an Elizabethan audience member, as sex was not as commonly talked about as it is now. The fact that the moon is "sick and pale with grief" could be foreshadowing future grief for the couple. By asking the sun to arise, Romeo is wishing the day to come, therefore reminding the audience that it is night. When Romeo decides to reveal himself to Juliet she, feeling embarrassed and shocked, asks him who he is. Of course he has recently discovered she is the daughter of his family's enemy, and feels his name is hurtful to her. "By a name I know not how to tell thee who I am. ...read more.

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It is interesting how Romeo talks of Juliet's cheeks so much. Perhaps Shakespeare is trying to link the two scenes together to show that Romeo's love for Juliet was present from the beginning to the end of their relationship. He still felt the same for her when she was dead as he did when their love was blooming. "I will raise her statue in pure gold" Montague says this of Juliet in the last scene. Gold was a very expensive and prized material to the Elizabethan audience and so proves that Montague means well. It is a bit ironic that he is comparing her to a statue, because in the first scene Romeo and Juliet meet, the banquet scene, he describes her as a holy shrine. It is a very sad moment as the audience are reminded how happy the lovers used to be. The audience really benefits from Shakespeare's imagery as it brings the play to life. It makes the words far more beautiful and the character's easier to relate to. Romeo seems more poetic and easier to fall in love with. Juliet appears to be intelligent and loving. Without the imagery the audience would not feel as involved with the plot, and would therefore not sympathise with the characters. The imagery heightens the emotions of the audience and confirms "Romeo and Juliet" as one a Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. ?? ?? ?? ?? Grace Anderson 11 IS English Coursework Ms Stark ...read more.

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