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With specific reference to Act 2, Scene 2, discuss the language Romeo uses with regard for his feelings for Juliet. On the basis of your findings would you advise Juliet to trust his words at this point in the play?

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GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ROMEO AND JULIET COURSEWORK ESSAY With specific reference to Act 2, Scene 2, discuss the language Romeo uses with regard for his feelings for Juliet. On the basis of your findings would you advise Juliet to trust his words at this pointing the play? (You might want to make comparisons with Romeo's expression of his feelings at other points in the play where you feel he is more or less sincere in his feelings about love). Throughout Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, there is a great deal of emotive and descriptive language, rich in imagery. In Act 2, Scene 2 (well known as the "Balcony Scene"), Romeo's use of passionate language for Juliet is abundant, yet whether it can be trusted is another question entirely. The scene opens with Romeo's soliloquy and it is famed for its metaphors and personification use. The metaphors especially, in this scene are extremely expressive as can be seen in this quote, "Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven, Having some business, do entreat her eyes". Romeo is implying that Juliet's eyes are stars and this expresses his sincerity that he believes Juliet to be unreal and enchanted because her eyes are stars. ...read more.

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Romeo's use of symbolism in this scene is very important and this symbolism continues not only throughout this scene but also all through the play. Romeo speaks highly of Juliet, referring to her as the sun, having stars in her eyes, as an angel, as a saint, which implies that she is beyond his reach, is the light of his life and something heavenly. Religion is a large part of their culture and therefore calling Juliet his angel he may be saying that she is somewhat immortal, beautiful, god-sent and truly impressive. The way they have met also symbolises Romeo's complete awe for her, Juliet is high up above him on the balcony, implying she is beyond his reach and up in heaven whereas he is only on earth. Whether Juliet can trust Romeo's words is a hard question to answer because there are many ways in which she cannot trust him. One point would be that, it is very strange the Romeo disregards his family completely as soon as he meets Juliet and he does not even mention them or even begin to care about how they would feel. It is as if he has not even thought about what he is doing and that shows a bad trait in his character. ...read more.

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Romeo values seeing Juliet so highly that he is willing to risk his own life for her (which is ironic considering the tragic ending of the play) and therefore risking his life proves his honest commitment for her. Juliet says to him, "And the place of death, considering who thou art, If any of my kinsmen find thee here." This means that if any of Juliet's relatives found Romeo they would kill him and therefore Romeo is risking a great deal for his love for her. Maybe the greatest and most sincere sacrifice he makes for Juliet (other than taking his own live later on in the play) is that he is willing to leave everything and everyone he loves for her. This means he is truly in love with her and Romeo proves that he is honestly in love with her when he says, "Call me but love, and I'll be new baptis'd; Henceforth I never will be Romeo." Romeo is clearly besotted. In conclusion, considering all the points mentioned, I would advise Juliet to trust Romeo. He obviously cares a huge amount for Juliet otherwise he would not use all the emotive and passionate language that he did. I would advise Juliet to be aware of his impulsive nature but still to feel assured that he is truly in love with her. Emilie Murphy 11F 02/10/02 1 ...read more.

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