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How Does The Imagery Make The Story More Dramatic And Exciting In Romeo And Juliet?

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How Does The Imagery Make The Story More Dramatic And Exciting In Romeo And Juliet? In Romeo and Juliet I identified, what I think are three main clusters of imagery in the play. These are Nature images, such as morning and night, Love images and Death images. This is a play that is full of imagery and it can be powerful to help the reader or audience feel part of the play. In Shakespeare's day they had to use imagery because unlike today they didn't have artificial lighting to show the audience whether it is night or day. So instead of this the characters are always using comments or imagery to tell the audience what time of day it is. Also with wounds, today we can use hi-tech ways to show wounds and blood, back then they had to get the character to use imagery to give the audience a picture in their head of the wound. Our first cluster of images is nature. In Act 3 Scene 2, line 5 there is our first nature image that we're going to look at, this is a night image. ...read more.


'O she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night as a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear'. In this tiny little moment in the play Romeo forgets all about his love for Rosolin, who he has been infatuated with for quite a while. In this he is also describing to us, the audience, what he thinks of Juliet. He is also talking in rhyming couplets. This makes the story line more exciting because Romeo has fallen in love with the enemy. Another love image is in Act 2 Scene 2 lines 24-25. 'O that I were a glove upon that hand, That I might touch that cheek!' When Romeo speaks this line Juliet is touching her cheek with her hand. Romeo, who is hiding in the bushes, wants to be a glove upon her hand, so that he may touch her cheek. This makes it more exciting because he is really starting to fall in love with her, and he wants to be able to touch her. The last love image is in Act 3 Scene 5 line 6-7. ...read more.


This makes it more dramatic because there has just been the first killing. Our last Death image is in Act 5 Scene 3 Line 88-120. In this part of the Scene Romeo believes that Juliet is dead and goes to the tomb where her body is laid to rest. As it is Juliet is only under the influence of a drug, which doesn't kill, you just get put into a coma for 48 hours. Not knowing this Romeo drinks his poison and dies next to her. When she comes to Friar Lawrence is there and tries to get her out the tomb before she sees Romeo. When she does she will not leave, the Friar can hear guards arriving so he leaves. Juliet tries to kill her self with the poison but there's none left so with Romeo's dagger kills her self. This is a case of dramatic irony because we know that Juliet will soon wake and they shall be together again. This terrible tragedy could have been avoided if it hadn't been for the petty feud between the two families, which led two the youngest member of each dying for their love for each other. ...read more.

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