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Romeo and Juliet.

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Romeo and Juliet Romeo's speech in Act II, Scene II is just after he has met Juliet for the first time at the Capulet Party. He came disguised to the party and upon setting eyes on Juliet, fell deeply in love with her. At the end of the party Romeo leaves his friends to find Juliet as he cannot bear to be apart from her. He climbs the walls of the Capulet house and climbs onto Juliet's balcony, just under her window. He then begins to speak of her beauty. Romeo's uses extravagant love poetry to express his feelings for Juliet. He uses metaphors and similes throughout his speech to convey just how strong his feelings are for her and how beautiful she is in his eyes. In fact, most of Romeo's speech concentrates on the physical side of his (soon to be) relationship with her. The first metaphor used is that of the sun and the moon. He compares Juliet to the sun and then goes on to say "arise fair sun, and kill the envious moon, who is already sick and pale with grief that thou her maid art far more fair than she." This means that not only is Juliet as beautiful and bright as the sun, but the moon, the opposite to the sun, is envious of Juliet because she is so bright and beautiful; the moon is a pale and sickly green colour, in contrast to the sun's brightness. The fact that he associates Juliet with images of light is indicative of the way in which he sees her - happy, bright, beautiful and dreamy. ...read more.


There is still a trace of optimism as Juliet thinks there is a slim chance the plan will still work. It is however from here onwards that she begins to lose control. She gets no comfort from her thoughts or from physical items and she is obsessed with images of torture. The constant mention of death contrast with Juliet; slight mention of life, where she says "...thrills through my veins" and "heat of life." She is comparing her future, which should be full of hope, to one of darkness and death. This change of mood builds up a feeling of tension and panic. Her third fear is possibly the most prolific. It is the fear that she will wake up before Romeo comes to her and that she will be alone in the tomb where her cousin, Tybalt, has just been laid to rest as well as to those "whose foul mouth no healthsome air breathes in" i.e. the many hundreds of Capulet relatives that occupy the tomb already. She uses cold imagery to depict what she will find in this tomb and the picture she paints is very graphic and somewhat horrific. To describe the bodies she uses words such as "festering" and loathsome smells." She also creates images with phrases such as "Where bloody Tybalt, yet but green in earth lies festering in his shroud" and "And madly play with my forefathers' joints". She uses sounds and smells to make her speech come alive and to demonstrate her fear at having not only to kill herself temporarily but to have to face the harsh reality of waking up surrounded by dead bodies. ...read more.


They both personify items in their speeches but the items chosen are different. Romeo gives the sun, moon and stars human qualities and equates them to Juliet (except that he says Juliet is better), but Juliet personifies the tomb where she is about to be laid. Although both of the speeches are motivated by love - Romeo's in a positive way i.e. his love has enabled him to express his feelings poetically and in an extremely passionate way but Juliet on the other hand has had to go to such extreme measures - killing' herself on account of her love for Romeo. Whilst Romeo's speech is beautiful and passionate, Juliet's is pessimistic, doubtful and dark. Both therefore make the audience feel differently whilst watching them. Juliet's was very morbid whilst Romeo's was full of love. They both exaggerate and tend to lose touch with reality, Juliet because she is about to die and Romeo because he has just discovered Juliet. Romeo speaks about giving life in contrast to Juliet who speaks about taking away life. Both of the speeches give off very different atmospheres and feelings. Juliet's speech made me feel very sympathetic towards her. I was able to put myself in her position because the imagery and she used and the phrases that enabled me to picture the scene. Although she was a bit too hysterical, she is not to blame. Romeo's speech had the opposite effect. It made me feel very hopeful and happy for the both of them, even though they were from opposing sides and I knew that in the end they died. The speech was purely about Juliet and although I felt it was over exaggerated at times, this can be accounted for by saying that Romeo had such strong feelings for Juliet. ...read more.

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