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Romeo and Juliet - The two soliloquies express two totally different emotions - Discuss.

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The two soliloquies express two totally different emotions. In each, there are different situations, one in which Juliet is longing for the time when Romeo will come to her for their wedding night where feelings of excitement and anticipation are portrayed. The opposing situation expresses feelings of fear, the fear of what would happen to her if she were to take the potion given to her by Friar Lawrence in order to try to prevent her from having to marry Paris. Although the soliloquies contrast in situation and emotion, the ways in which the feelings are portrayed are very similar. In the first soliloquy, where Juliet is filled with anxiety and anticipation, waiting for the time when Romeo will come to her that night, the language Shakespeare uses creates a light joy-filled mood and an audience can feel the anticipation which Juliet is experiencing. ...read more.


Shakespeare writes in long sentences which mean that the audience would be aware of the actress speeding up showing her excitement and anticipation. Juliet acts as if it is "the night before some festival" acting as excited as a child the night before Christmas. Although Juliet is filled with anticipation for the night to come, she is also embarrassed and nervous about the events later that day as any young woman would be until she realises that because they love one another it would b a "true love acted of simple modesty". In contrast to the first, in the second soliloquy, Juliet expresses fear. She is afraid of what might happen if she was to take the potion. "Shall I be married then tomorrow morning?" her first fear is that the potion wont work and she will have to marry Paris, and therefore her actions would be unfaithful to Romeo of whom she had previously married. ...read more.


The amount of images which Shakespeare envisions us with increases towards the end of Juliet's speech showing the audience that she is becoming more upset and anxious as her thoughts run through her mind. The language Shakespeare has used enforces Juliet's fear. The use of repetition used in the soliloquy also portrays Juliet's desperation making the audience feel her emotion, the length of sentences and lack of punctuation shows the audience the stress and upset which Juliet is experiencing. In both soliloquies, the same ways have been used to bring out two totally different circumstances. The different effects are brought out by the different words and language Shakespeare uses to make the audience see the different emotions which the soliloquies are used to express within the play. Zo� Reynolds 10G 04/05/2007 How well are Juliet's feelings conveyed by the language of the two soliloquies? ...read more.

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