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Discuss the Dramatic Impact of the Imagery in Act 2, Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet.

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Discuss the Dramatic Impact of the Imagery in Act 2, Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is a famous play which was written by William Shakespeare in 1595. It is set in Verona in 16th century Italy and is a Tragedy. The prologue sums up the play for the audience - it informs them that the play is a Tragedy and so will end in death. The audience will then know that Romeo and Juliet will die even before the play start and this makes the Balcony scene more poignant and sad. Romeo and Juliet's lives are wasted unnecessarily - they were young and had their whole lives ahead of them to look forward to. The prologue also tells the audience about the feud between the two major families in the play. The families are so wrapped up in hating one another that they don't even notice that Romeo and Juliet are in love and so their hatred wastes their lives. Juliet's parents wanted Juliet to marry a rich man who was suitable for her social status, even if she didn't love him; they were just intent on keeping up the family's tradition and respect. It was not anything unusual in Shakespeare's period for girls from aristocratic families to get married at thirteen and they grew up learning that they had to accept their parents' judgements about who they should marry. ...read more.

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This makes the scene more romantic as romance is usually associated with dark, secluded places rather than an open public square. I think Shakespeare did these things to emphasise the romantic element of the Balcony scene and show the audience that true love should be kept between the two lovers, not with lots of other people around them expressing their views. Romeo's friend Mercutio would not appreciate that Romeo has stopped being a 'lad' if he walked in on the Balcony scene and he would probably have laughed when Romeo expressed his deepest feelings for Juliet because he has a very cynical view of love and thinks sex is just a joke. Mercutio taunts Romeo about being in love in the scenes before the Balcony scene which, in my opinion, is partly why Romeo says such intimate things to Juliet in the Balcony scene - he wants to prove to himself that Mercutio is wrong and that love means than Mercutio thinks of it. The Balcony scene takes place in a private, secluded garden which is surrounded by walls. These walls are symbolic as they represent the barriers between Romeo and Juliet and they are high which represents the dangers they are facing by seeing each other against their families' wishes. As the setting for this scene is private and cut off from the rest of the world this makes the scene very romantic and Romeo obviously feels he is able to express his true feelings for Juliet without anyone taunting him which is why he says such intimate things. ...read more.

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I think Shakespeare wanted the audience to feel that Romeo's thoughts were perfectly acceptable and that he should be allowed to do what he wanted as he was so young, and then learn from his mistakes. I think the audience would probably react as Shakespeare intended them to because they would already know that Romeo was going to die before the end of the play so they would feel sorry for him and think his words were touching, sad and extremely loving. This might make the audience feel that young love is valuable as it does not usually last. Juliet also uses a lot of imagery. At about line one hundred and twenty-one Juliet refers to their love as a bud which will have blossomed into a beautiful flower by the next time they meet. This symbolises that their love is young, delicate, natural and needs care to meet its full potential. Shakespeare evidently thinks this their love is good and should be encouraged, otherwise he wouldn't have put that image into Juliet's mouth. This also represents that Juliet thinks their love needs care and consideration before they leap in and get married, in many ways she is still a child and feels marriage is a big step. However, Juliet also describes her love for Romeo as 'as deep as the sea' which implies that her love for Romeo goes to the bottom of her heart and will last forever unless it she is forcibly stopped. Hannah Hardwick VL VEC Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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