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Romeo and Juliet - review

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Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet was written in Shakespearian times which gives it a dramatic difference to anything of the same genre that would have been written today, it uses less stage direction and more description of people, giving it a unique feel. Shakespeare was a very in-depth writer using oxymorons and sonnets in the middle of speech to emphasise a point especially during speeches about love. In act 1 scene 1 Romeo has a speech about his love for Rosaline in this he uses a lot of oxymoron's "Feather of lead, Bright Smoke, cold fire" he is confused about his love for Rosaline, he loves her but she is playing 'Hard to get', so he is confused if he is or isn't in Rosaline's favour, "This love feel, I that feel no love in this", he is asking his friend Benvolio for help with the matter, if you look at this closer it seems as if it is reflecting his life and lively hood in Verona. The prince's speech is a good example of the type of language Shakespeare uses, "that quench the fire of your pernicious rage", he speaks in an angered tone as if fighting and confrontations happen a lot in Verona and that the prince is getting angrier as it proceeds and continues to happen. ...read more.


Juliet is also shown as the light in many situations, in Act 5 scene 3 she is the only light in the whole of the tomb she is made to clearly stand out as a beam of light is on her death bed, but also if we look closer we see Juliet's light here as not faded so it shows the audience she is alive still as she is under the potion's spell. "I see that death could not take the warmth from your cheeks" Romeo is talking to Juliet on her death bed before he drinks the poison. Shakespeare has showed this scene like this to show them Juliet is not dead by the representation of light. In Romeo and Juliet we get the impression that Romeo is kept away from Juliet at day as Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet, but at night. He can see her, so she is seen as light as she is the only he can see at night. This also shows her in a warm light as she is also in love. This adds to the genre as it shows there love more prominently and the tragedy as she is still alive in light in the tomb scene but as they die the light is extinguished, as is their love. ...read more.


Romeo feigns confusion as he describes things with oxymoron's; 'loving hate', 'feather of lead', and 'brawling love'. Romeo and Juliet meet together and fall in love during Act 1 scene 5. In this scene both characters completely change altering from their previous selves. They both speak using religious words such as 'shrine', 'holy', 'pilgrim', 'Palmer', and 'faith'. Words such as these elevate all love and feelings they have for one another. Juliet formerly used a limited vocabulary, but here we see her demonstrate her use of longer words and also puns, "for saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch, and palm to palm is holy Palmer kiss". In Act 1 scene 3, Juliet would never have used such a complex sentence structure to her mother, which shows a great change takes place in her after meeting Romeo. Romeo no longer talks in riddles or uses oxymoron's, but talks clearly, speaking romantically; "...O then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do: they pray grant thou, lest faith turn to despair...". Shakespeare would have used this to show their characters have deep personalities. This also effect to show the characters to the audience. All these factors add to showing the characters personalities and how they are shown on stage. The language use shows us the conflict of life in Verona and the confusion that love causes, the characters action also show their characters more clearly an shows they are more complicated then they seem. By David Currie ...read more.

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