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How does Shakespeare use language to tell us about people's personalities? How do different characters talk, what can we tell about them from the way they talk, how does Romeo's language change as he changes, how does it change according to his mood?

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1. How does Shakespeare use language to tell us about people's personalities? How do different characters talk, what can we tell about them from the way they talk, how does Romeo's language change as he changes, how does it change according to his mood? The language plays an important role in "Romeo and Juliet" as it defines and characterizes the characters in the play. It is used to display which social class they are in, signals the change in the characters and reflects their mood or feelings. The languages special importance lies in giving color to the love between Romeo and Juliet. The importance and social status of a character can easily be identified by the way they speak. The more important characters, which all belong to the higher classes all speak in verse form and use much imagery. ...read more.

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about the Nurse. The Nurse however is a very simple character and she sees love as a simply practical thing to make children. "Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit" (Act 1, Scene 3) is what she says about Juliet becoming pregnant. Through the bawdy comments the audience is entertained and at the same time the characters are characterized. The language is also used to express feelings of the characters. Juliet makes use of the language to express her real feelings but at the same time make it seem different for her mother, hiding a double meaning in her words. This is the only time she hides her feelings using the language. Other than that she expresses her feelings openly. Revealing the character's feelings is a important part the language has to play. Especially Romeo changes his language throughout the play, very much according to his mood. ...read more.

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Romeo and Juliet both use imagery to describe their love for each other. They use images of light and darkness very often but also other ones such as a flower. "This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath, may prove a beauteous flower when next we meet." (Act 2, Scene 2) describes how their love with time can grow from a small bud to a big, beautiful flower. However they fear the association of their love with lightning and the moon because they pass so fast. The imagery is an essential part of the play and it brings color to the play. The language was Shakespeare's most important tool. Through the language he tells the audience about each character's personality and position. Their mood also reflects on the way they talk and to express their feelings the character's use imagery of every kind representing every sense. Shakespeare's language is so rich that it can substitute for the special effects which can be seen in today's movies and theatre. English Philipp R�diger Romeo and Juliet 13.02.2005 ...read more.

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