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How does Shakespeare use language and imagery to reveal Romeo and Juliets admiration for each other?

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How does Shakespeare use language and imagery to reveal Romeo and Juliet?s admiration for each other? In this scene Romeo sees Juliet and forgets Rosaline entirely; Juliet meets Romeo and falls just as deeply in love. The meeting of Romeo and Juliet dominates the scene, and, with extraordinary language that captures both the excitement and admiration that the two characters feel, Shakespeare proves equal to the expectations he has set up by delaying the meeting for an entire act. The first conversation between Romeo and Juliet is an extended Religious metaphor that is used throughout the whole play, but it is at its strongest in this scene,?Then move not, while my prayers effect I take.? Using this metaphor, Romeo ingeniously manages to successfully persuade Juliet to let him kiss her. However the metaphor holds many further functions; ?Saints do not move, though grant for prayers sake?,The religious overtones of the conversation clearly imply that their love can be described only through the vocabulary of religion, that pure association with God. ...read more.

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Shakespeare enhances the admiration they both feel for each other by showing they are both intelligent and equal. The use of the sonnet, however, also serves a second, darker purpose. The play?s Prologue also is a single sonnet of the same rhyme scheme as Romeo and Juliet?s shared sonnet. The Prologue sonnet introduces the play, and, through its description of Romeo and Juliet?s eventual death, also helps to create the sense of fate that permeates Romeo and Juliet. The shared sonnet between Romeo and Juliet therefore creates a formal link between their love and their destiny. With a single sonnet, Shakespeare finds a means of expressing perfect love and linking it to a tragic fate. That fate begins to assert itself in the instant when Romeo and Juliet first meet: Tybalt recognizes Romeo?s voice when Romeo first exclaims at Juliet?s beauty, ?This, by his voice, should be a Montague?, Shakespeare further highlights the dispute by using Tybalt. ...read more.

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In a single conversation, Juliet transforms from a proper, timid young girl to one more mature, who understands what she desires and is quick-witted enough to procure it. Juliet?s later comment to Romeo, ?You kiss by th? book,? can be taken in two ways. First, it can be seen as emphasizing Juliet?s lack of experience, as if she is saying what a wonderful kisser she is, but it is possible to see a bit of wry observation in this line. Juliet?s comment that Romeo kisses by the book is akin to noting that he kisses as if he has learned how to kiss from a manual and followed those instructions exactly. Here she could be suggesting that although he kisses well, he kisses without or with very little emotion. Juliet is clearly smitten with Romeo, but it is possible to see her as the more incisive of the two, and as nudging Romeo to a more genuine level of love through her observation of his tendency to get caught up in the forms of love rather than love itself. ...read more.

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