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How Juliet's Language Reflects Her Character

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How Juliet's Language Reflects Her Character Juliet uses many variations of language during the play. Her use of rhyme, imagery and irony develops her character. Her character changes during the play and so does her mood. The different types of language, which are used, reflect her moods and emotions. When the audience first meets Juliet she speaks very little. Of the 107 lines in Act one Scene three, she says only six; whereas the nurse, a relatively minor character, speaks at great length. Therefore Juliet appears to be shy and modest. In this scene Juliet is a well-mannered child. She's polite when she tells the nurse to be quiet saying, 'stint thou too, I pray thee'. This gives the audience the impression that Juliet is well-mannered and obedient. However in the scene when we first meet her she doesn't always mean what she says. Towards the end of Act one Scene three, when Juliet replies to Lady Capulet's question, Shakespeare uses rhyme when she says, ' But no more will I endart mine eye/ Than your consent give strength to make it fly'. The use of rhyme is generally used to make the words less serious. ...read more.


to be with Romeo. Shakespeare makes the choice of her language, when she uses language referring to nature; reflect the changes in her mood. In the morning after Juliet slept with Romeo, when she wants him to stay, her language is wonderful and loving; 'nightingale' when she accepts that he has to go she refers to terrible language when she says, '... Loathed toad...' Shakespeare uses this type of language in the play to show the audience how Juliet is feeling at the time. When Juliet makes a speech before she takes the potion she says '... I am laid into the tomb, / I wake before the time that Romeo...' Her language tells us that she is terrified and worried about what is going to happen to her. She uses language referring to death when she is scared about waking up to find her dead ancestors and the body of Tybalt, '...my buried ancestors are packed, /Where bloody Tybalt, yet but green in earth? Lies fest'ring in his shroud...'. This builds up her fears of waking up to see her ancestors and Tybalt; emphasizing her emotion and exacerbating it. In this scene her use of language shows us that she doesn't trust the Friar, '...be a poison which the Friar subtly hath ministered to have me dead'. ...read more.


The use of irony in the play tells us that Juliet is not Comfortable telling the truth there fore she uses irony. In the play when she does tell the truth she doesn't get want she wants. When she tells her father that she doesn't want to marry Paris he yells abuse at her. Therefore she benefits from using irony. Throughout the play we see Juliet's character grow. It has evolved from the sweet and innocent girl we met at the start of the play, to the disobedient, mischievous young women at the end. Shakespeare uses language to reflect the feelings and emotions of Juliet so that the audience is well informed. Juliet's love for Romeo grows from strength to strength. Towards the end of the play Juliet shows absolute devotion to Romeo. She avoids telling the truth by using irony and rhyme. Her use of language is advanced showing how mature her character is; her behavior portrays a different image. Her trust for Friar Lawrence stays constant throughout most of the play. Juliet forms a great friendship with the Friar this is why she trusts him to give her a potion which could kill her. Her character develops during the course of the play. As the plays goes on she is more outspoken and decisive and this is what leads to her death. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jacques Malecaut 11l- 6/11/04 ...read more.

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