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Discussion of Shakespeare(TM)s use of Language

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Dawn Dunston Assignment Three Discussion of Shakespeare's use of Language and portrayal of Juliet in Act 3, Scene 2. William Shakespeare, an English poet, dramatist, and actor is unique and considered by many worldwide to be the greatest playwright of all time. His plays are traditionally divided into themes of histories, tragedies and comedies. Most academics and readers alike would agree that Romeo and Juliet is amongst Shakespeare's most recognizable and hence one of his most popular plays. Shakespeare lived and wrote Romeo and Juliet during the Renaissance, a time of significant change in the fields of religion, politics, science, language and the arts. The play was set during a very religious period. It was a 'catholic' society with a strong belief in damnation for mortal sin. It is classified as a tragedy that has been highly praised by literary critics for its use of language and dramatic effect. It addresses the issues of the consequences of love, hatred and prejudice. Its influence is still seen today, with the two main characters being widely represented as archetypal young lovers. In this essay I will analyse Shakespeare's use of language and his portrayal of Juliet in Act 3, scene 2. ...read more.

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The head of an untrained falcon was covered with a hood until it grew used to it's owner, or man, just as Juliet is untrained and inexperienced in the way of lovemaking. When the nurse arrives, she begins to ramble incoherently and says repeatedly, "He is dead," not revealing the identity of the deceased. Juliet concludes that she is speaking of her husband. With Romeo dead, Juliet believes she will be unable to live. The Nurse then mentions Tybalt`s dead body, a statement which leads Juliet to believe that both her husband and cousin are dead. Finally, the nurse explains that it is Tybalt who is dead and that Romeo has been banished from Verona as a result of his murder. The realization of what Romeo has done brings a contrast of language and mood to the scene. Shakespeare presents this with the use of oxymorons. Juliet's emotions are out of control and she denounces Romeo as an evil spirit in the form of an angel, " fiend angelical", and his handsome looks disguised a serpent's heart, "O, serpent heart, hid with a flowery face". Juliet's loyalty to Romeo is displayed when the nurse tells her that there is no trust, no faith, and no honesty in men. ...read more.

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At the beginning of the play Juliet is modest and subdued. When her Mother suggests that Paris might make a good husband, she simply replies, "I'll look to like if looking liking move, but no more deep will I endart mine eye than your consent gives strength to make it fly". She will not let herself fall for him any more than her Mothers permission allows. Her meeting with Romeo is an awakening to the fact that love is more than filial obedience. We see her undergo changes through the scene and emerge a much stronger and wiser personality. It is Juliet who sees the futility of the "ancient grudge"," What's in a name?" She asks. The play has a constant theme of love and hate, passion and violence. An example of this can be seen in the prologue, when Romeo and Juliet are described as, 'a pair of star-crossed lovers who take their lives'. The prologue includes an oxymoron: 'death-marked love'. The audience does not expect death to be associated with love. Both Romeo and Juliet do pay the penalty of the fierce hatreds around them, but their love and misfortune heal the enmities of which they were the victims. The feud of the Montague's and Capulet's is brought to an end when the families reconcile over the dead bodies of the lovers. ...read more.

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