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Romeo and Juliet, private nocturnal world of love

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Introduction

How does Shakespeare create and describe the private nocturnal world of Romeo and Juliet's love? Shakespeare creates the private nocturnal world of Romeo and Juliet's love by contrasting the light and dark of the night and the differing speeds of time and he describes it through references to the dangerous and endless sea. A safe and secluded world is created as the night is personified as a protector. This is described when Romeo and Juliet's love is portrayed through nautical imagery of voyages and discovery and it is depicted as light, high and winged. Also throughout 'Romeo and Juliet' there is evidence of contrasts and divisions between youth and adults. Their love is given an added sense of sincerity as it lacks the vulgar innuendo of Romeo's youth and the lover's experience of time is subjective, fast paced and forward looking. Romeo and Juliet's private nocturnal world is created by the differentiation between them and their parents. Time in Romeo and Juliet's secluded world is fast paced, associated to wings and flight and is looking forward in seconds, whereas this is contrasted with their parents' world in which time travels really slowly, as they look backwards to social events, in years. ...read more.

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Romeo's face' this costume hides the lovers from discovery and hate, contrasting and therefore emphasising their love in opposition to the hate and revealing light. However the inconsistency of the night, is shown when Juliet says, 'O swear not by the moon, th'inconstant moon' this is exemplified by the contrast that Juliet is not willing to trust instability in their love, although she does let the night lend them its temporary protection. The separation of Romeo and Juliet's world from the adult world is emphasised by juxtaposition of night and day, colour and emotions. Shakespeare describes how the lovers try to control time in order to spend time together, 'Arise fair sun, and kill the envious moon' the use of 'Arise' shows the authority used as they attempt to dictate time, emphasised by the contrast of 'fair' and 'envious' as they strive to persuade the sun and moon. Shakespeare uses juxtaposition to highlight the partition, 'A rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear' these opposite colours emulate the divide between Romeo and Juliet and the outside world. Contrast here shows the division but also the connections between the Montague's and Capulet's, as Juliet states that 'My only love sprung from my only hate' these opposites are however linked not only by the repetition of 'only' but also due to 'sprung' which suggests a connection that could possibly result in destruction. ...read more.

Conclusion

This image refers to the limitless bounds of his love portrayed by the repetition of 'more', and the use of 'deep' and 'infinite' exemplify Romeo's love. Romeo's love is also demonstrated by his sacrifice, daring and recklessness to attempt to reach such a treasure as Juliet, for 'As that vast shore wash'd with the farthest sea, I should adventure for such merchandise.' The application of superlatives exaggerates the danger and therefore highlights his love for Juliet, shown by 'farthest' and the employment of 'vast'. In conclusion Shakespeare uses differentiation and contrast between different generations to both describe and create the separate world of Romeo and Juliet's love. Time is also used to describe the fast paced reckless lives of the lovers. Shakespeare effectively enthrals the audience by first drawing them into a routine courtly love affair, although then startles the audience with sincerity, true love, intimacy and light, winged imagery, moving the play on yet still keeping the content intense and completely original. Shakespeare also adds nautical imagery to great effect as he demonstrates the huge risks that both Romeo and Juliet take in order to be together and it shows the progressive deterioration until their impending deaths. Cameron De Haan 29/10/2008 ...read more.

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