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How do the key features of language particularly imagery make the story dramatic and exciting in Romeo & Juliet? How helpful was it for Shakespeare's audience?

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Romeo & Juliet How do the key features of language particularly imagery make the story dramatic and exciting in Romeo & Juliet? How helpful was it for Shakespeare's audience? Shakespeare used many aspects of language particularly imagery in many forms to make Romeo & Juliet more dramatic, exciting and interesting for his audience. He managed to make the play more accessible to his audience. Some of whom, in the sixteenth century, somewhat ill-educated. He used language to convey the main concerns of the public i.e. death, love, violence, avarice and wealth. His use of key language features, particularly imagery, helped his audience to understand the feelings of each character and the development of the story of the play. The use of dramatic devices and structure of the play ensured all of the audience where kept focus within the play. For example in todays replicated film by Baz Luhrman his sexy, explosive, magical new version of Romeo and Juliet.This film is an amazing feat of ambition and imagination. William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, as it is formally known, casts the Capulets and Montagues as gangs ruled by ruthless dons in a 20th-century city of tropical heat and lethal competition, which attracts todays generation in too watching the reconstructed play. ...read more.

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Shakespeare describes Juliet as a white dove among black crows. This is mentioned between the words, "So shows...rude hand". This was very helpful for Shakespeare's spectators because imagery helps the audience imagine the feelings and emotions of the characters in the play. Modern instruments which help develop the play were not available i.e. lights and sounds, so it was important for Shakespeare to use special key features of language to help the audience feel the emotions and assist the drama to create emphasis on a particular scene which also helped to give excitement. The audience want Juliet to fulfil her dreams by marrying Romeo and ending the ancient feud. Shakespeare used similes and metaphors; this helped the audience to imagine a scene and to exaggerate language to describe the actions acted in the play. "But old folks, many feign as they were dead, Unwieldy, slow, heavy, and pale as lead." (Act 2, Scene 5, line 16-17) "Where on a sudden one hath wounded me, That's by me wounded;" (Act 2, Scene 3, line 50-51) Shakespeare also uses other language skills to make imagery. Sea images are presented throughout the play, the main point of this in my opinion is to liven up the language, and make the themes prominent. ...read more.

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An example of this Verona, in Italy, this setting would have seemed pretty faraway to Elizabethan audiences, perhaps making it easier to imagine such a story happening. The play is a bit of a rollercoaster ride through different types of scenes, such as comic, romantic violence, melodramatic and tragic. The setting helps give each scene the right type of atmosphere and the language helps to express what's going on in the character's mind. For example, the poetic language in the balcony scene helps to create a romantic atmosphere which helps to convince the audiences that they are witnessing true love. "My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee the more I love, for both are infinite." (Act 2, Scene 2, line 133 - 135) This enables original audiences to become part of the play and acknowledge what the true symbolic or moral definitions of the play are. Key terms especially imagery helped to create a dramatic play and to help the audiences peruse the minds of characters. In my opinion the play is magnificently structured to emphasise and create atmosphere so that audiences can develop reflection on the character's and the scenes. This shows how important language was in Elizabethan times to entertain audiences with not only actions but also words. ...read more.

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