• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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?

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. How does Shakespeare make Act 3 Scene i into an exciting and dramatic part ...

    Mercutio wants to reclaim his honour. He approaches Tybalt and provokes him by saying he wants 'nothing but one of your nine lives'. Yet he is not being vicious. He still appears to be punning and fighting with his words rather than physically, like him and Romeo have done in scenes before.

  2. How does shakespeare use dramatic devices to make the play of romeo and juliet ...

    This is an unusual device, as Shakespeare is basically telling the audience what is going to happen in the forthcoming play. Within the prologue, Shakespeare has several references to "love". "The fearful passage of their death - mar'kd love" The several hints of Love, gives a slight indication of what is to come in forthcoming events.

  1. How do the key features of language particularly imagery make the story dramatic and ...

    "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright." Romeo describes Juliet as a light in darkness. It makes Juliet sound more beautiful, and shows how to Romeo she stands out from everything else. Juliet is so beautiful that she seems to shine more brightly than the torches set out to light the party.

  2. Compare the ways in which William Shakespeare and Baz Luhrman make the scene interesting ...

    Romeo's first sight of Juliet is written in a rhyming couplet. Romeo tells his speech in his huge admiration of Juliet's beauty. Even though Romeo has never met Juliet you sense that he already has huge respect for her. "O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!" he says.

  1. How does Shakespeare make Act III Scene i such an exciting and dramatic scene?

    Tybalt riles Mercutio into drawing his sword, and Benvolio urges them to talk rationally or find some private place. It is apparent that Mercutio is acting very condescendingly toward Tybalt and is looking for a fight: (Line 35) "Make it a word and a blow."

  2. How Does The Imagery Make The Story More Dramatic And Exciting In Romeo And ...

    Another Nature image is on Act 2 Scene 2 lines 3-4. 'It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon'. Romeo speaks this line after the party where he first sees and meets Juliet, and has climbed over the wall in to the garden below Juliet's window.

  1. How does Shakespeare use language, structure and dramatic devices in Act 3 Scene 1 ...

    Zefferelli uses an empty market square, surrounded by brick walls as the setting for the scene. This setting is very different to Juliet's bedchamber in the next scene, which adds to the contrast Zefferelli creates between the two scenes. The costumes are Elizabethan and help the audience relate to the story.

  2. What different types of love are represented in the play, and how is Shakespeare ...

    Lady Capulet ignores her: "Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a / word / , do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee" (Act 3 scene 5). This may seem cold and unfeeling to a modern day audience but Lady Capulet was living in a strict

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work