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What is the dramatic effect of the imagery in Act Three Scene Two lines 1-31 'Romeo & Juliet'

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What is the dramatic effect of the imagery in Act Three Scene Two lines 1-31 'Romeo & Juliet' In the play 'Romeo and Juliet' Shakespeare uses a number of devices to increase the dramatic effect in Act 3 Scene 2. At that moment Juliet has just been secretly married to Romeo and she is now expecting him to visit her to consummate their marriage. Previously in Act 2 Scene 2 there has been a great deal of violence and hatred such as Romeo killing Tybalt in revenge for Tybalt murdering Romeo's best friend Mercutio. This is a huge contrast since the next scene is full of poignancy since Juliet does not know about the killing of Tybalt and its consequences. Juliet is expecting Romeo and is expressing deep passion for him. ...read more.

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Falcons were trained by using hoods and most educated Elizabethans would have understood this because falconry was a hobby of many Elizabethans. Romeo and Juliet compare each other to light on several occasions. 'It is the East and Juliet is the sun' and 'Lovers can see to do their amorous rites by their own beauties' saying that lovers are tremendously radiant. Juliet deeply displays her passion for Romeo when she says: 'Take him and cut him out in little stars And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night' And pay no worship to the garish sun'. Juliet is saying that Romeo is so radiant that if he was a star he would be brighter than the sun. ...read more.

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However, after Juliet met Romeo she had became more independent and she had passion in her life. The audience can tell that Juliet is still quite young and to some extent impetuous 'As is the night before some festival To an impatient child that hath new robes And may not wear them'. This shows how much Juliet desires Romeo and that waiting for him is like the night before a festival with new clothes but cannot wear them till the next day. In conclusion the imagery used to describe Juliet's passion for Romeo heightens the dramatic irony. We are also given an insight to Juliet's character and emotions. We are shown how Juliet matures in such a short space of time from the beginning of the play. Juliet was quite unusual as an Elizabethan girl. Unlike most Elizabethan girls she was daring and independent and was unafraid to marry without her parents' consent which in Elizabethan times would have been unheard of. ...read more.

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