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How does Shakespeare's imagery help us to understand the thoughts and feelings of the characters? in Romeo and Juliet.

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Introduction

How does Shakespeare's imagery help us to understand the thoughts and feelings of the characters? Shakespeare's use of imagery in Romeo and Juliet, really helps us to get to know the characters. With this imagery we can get a look into the depth of thoughts and feeling that the characters experience throughout the play. feelings such as joy, ecstasy, distress and grief are expressed by both characters at different intervals in the play Firstly is the first , meeting between Romeo and Juliet, which is found at Act1, Scene 5. At this meeting Romeo has been taken aback by the beauty of Juliet. He shows us this by the range of images in his speech. "O she doth teach the stars to burn bright." Romeo has given us the image that Juliet is much more bright than anything else and that she is the source of the light at the party, so she is giving light to every thing else. ...read more.

Middle

The next speech that I'm going to look at is found at Act 4, Scene 3.It is the speech in which Juliet is about to take the sleeping potion, and she fears that things could go badly wrong. She firstly fears that the potion that the priest gave her was poison: "What if it be poison whish the Friar, Subtly hath minister'd to have me dead?" This is telling us that she is starting to get paranoid, which is understandable as she is leaving her hands in the hands of the minister. She then tells us, if the potion is actually what the friar said it, she may wake to find herself all alone, with Romeo no were to be seen. This is were she really starts to fear for her life, fears that will leave her dead after breathing toxin air. "Shall I not then be stifled in the vault, To whose foul mouth no healthsome air breath in, And there die strangled ere my Romeo comes?" ...read more.

Conclusion

The next piece of imagery is: "Death, that hath suck the honey of thy breath," At this part Romeo is personifiaing death as a beast. What he means is that death takes away all of the goodness out of him and leaves him an empty man. The speech then goes on in the same way until it reaches what I think is the best piece of imagery in this speech. It starts with "And death's pale flag..." and ends with "...was thin enemy" What Romeo is trying to say is that he has killed Tybalt and Paris and feels surrounded by death in the tomb so as a result he feels as if he has slain Juliet as a result. I have come to the conclusion that the imagery really does make the play much more powerful and enjoyable. The images constructed help us to gain a better understanding of them and their experience. The continuous patterns of joy, love and fear help us to relate to the characters. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jack Lewis Portfolio Task 4 ...read more.

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