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Evaluate Shakespeares techniques both linguistic and dramatic as he presents Romeo across Acts I and II. Make relevant use of context issues as you do so.

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Evaluate Shakespeare's techniques - both linguistic and dramatic - as he presents Romeo across Acts I and II. Make relevant use of context issues as you do so The Globe where many of William Shakespeare's plays were originally performed, was constructed in 1599 and its stage measured 40 feet wide and housed nearly 3000 spectators. With such a small stage it was important for Shakespeare's plays to include many linguistic and dramatic techniques so people situated all around would still be able to hear the detailed and poetic wordplay even if they could not see the performance. Romeo is introduced from early on as in love and infatuated. Shakespeare portrays the character of Romeo as sad and obsessed about love. ...read more.

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Antithesis is also frequently used as a key technique by Shakespeare to provide good imagery but often giving contradicting ideas. "Do I live dead, that live to tell it now." This is appropriate to the type of feelings Romeo is showing as his 'love' for Rosaline is really just boyhood lust and through the vivid descriptions Shakespeare uses it to indicate the thoughtless and heartless emotions of Romeo. When both Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time at the Capulet's party he instantly forgets about Rosaline. "For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." The type of love created by Shakespeare is very much different then that felt originally. Throughout Romeos conversation with Juliet there are few oxymorons and antithesis. ...read more.

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It reflects the idea of the supernatural belief in Romeo's character. This links in with the comparisons of Rosaline and Juliet in which Romeo compares Juliet to the sun and Rosaline to Diana the goddess of the moon. These analogies provide imagery and help the understanding as it helps relate things more personally to you. It indicates the divine beauty Romeo sees in Juliet and refers to Juliet as the sun which is associated with pure and heavenly. Shakespeare also has his characters swear to themselves. For example, when Romeo tries to swear by the moon, Juliet says, "Or if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self" Shakespeare includes this in most of his characters as a sign of dignity and truce and that only then can they be true to others. This is true for Romeo who swears to love no other woman and pledge a vow to Juliet. ?? ?? ?? ?? 6/26/2010 ...read more.

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