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Examine some of the language in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - especially focusing on Act 1 Scene 5 where Romeo and Juliet first meet and fall in love.

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Romeo and Juliet In this essay I am going to examine some of the language in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. I will especially focus on Act 1 Scene 5 where Romeo and Juliet first meet and fall in love. In Act 1 Scene 1 Romeo is talking about love to Benvolio. He tells him how love confuses people. From lines 167 - 172 Shakespeare uses oxymorons. For example "Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health." Oxymorons are a word or phrase that puts two opposites together. It shows that Romeo is madly in love with Rosaline. Shakespeare uses oxymoron's to show that Romeo is confused in his head. Oxymorons are designed to show what it is to be in love. ...read more.

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This tells us Romeo is thinking about love. Romeo is making Juliet seem brighter than fire and this makes the fire seem dull. "It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night." This is like she is a tear shining upon a dark face. When Romeo sees her for the first time, she alights the room with her beauty and stands out to him. When he says " as a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear," he is trying to say she is a shiny jewel on a black African's ear, which stands out. (An Ethiop is a black African.) It is like she is the only person in the room to Romeo. The "Ethiop's ear" quote is a contrast and it shows that Shakespeare has chosen the jewel because jewels are precious. ...read more.

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William Shakespeare is very famous for his sonnets especially the love poems. One very famous love sonnet is "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day." In Act 1 Scene 5 page 43 from line 92 Romeo and Juliet are talking religion. When Juliet says "This holy shrine" she is trying to say she is a shrine and Romeo is the pilgrim. This is like the cleansing which happens at Lourdes where people go and bathe in the water to cleanse themselves of their sins. When Juliet says, "For saint's have hands that pilgrims' do touch, and palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss". A saint is a good person one Earth who is represented by a statue at a shrine. Palm or a 'palmer' is another word for a pilgrim, Juliet talks about palms, which are hands, it is a play on words. Aziz Hussain GSCE English Coursework 04/02/04 ...read more.

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