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Comment on how Shakespeare uses language to convey the emotion of Romeo and Juliet in Act 2 scene 2 of the play.

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Comment on how Shakespeare uses language to convey the emotion of Romeo and Juliet in Act 2 scene 2 of the play. "Romeo and Juliet" was written by William Shakespeare in 1591. It was set in Verona, Italy. Shakespeare got his inspiration from a poem written by a man called Arthur Brooke. He was English but no one knew him; the poem was about a quarrelling family. But then Shakespeare got his inspiration from another poem which was written in 1476 this was set in Verona. So Shakespeare took that and put both of these things in "Romeo and Juliet". Arthur Brooke however got his inspiration from another poet so Romeo and Juliet have been waiting to happen for centuries. The play was written in between 1591 and 1595 and it was finished for 1995. Romeo and Juliet fell deeply in love. But unfortunately the two families (Capulets and Montagues) were rivals, and because of this Romeo and Juliet could not declare their love to everyone. Overtime they became more and more in love and it lead to their tragic deaths. After this the Montagues and Capulets stopped the arguing and became friends again. ...read more.


'I would not for the world they saw thee here' even though she wants to be with him she is being sensible and mature by warning him of the dangers and it would be best for him to leave. Similarly to Romeo, Juliet uses lots of language techniques to get her point across in this scene, for example she uses personification when she says 'my ears have yet drunk a hundred words of thy tongue's uttering' this shows she is aware of his voice even though she hasn't heard him speak much. This shows Juliet behaves in a very cautious and realistic manner. Shakespeare uses different groups of imagery throughout this scene, including nature. One reason for this could have been the fact that everyone at the time the play was written was so reliant on nature. The other reason is to remind audiences that this scene is set in the Capulet's orchard. Romeo uses nature imagery by 'It is the east, and Juliet is the sun' he is using a metaphor to represent that he thinks Juliet is the centre of his universe and his world revolves around her. ...read more.


Another example of death imagery is used by Juliet 'and the place death, considering who thou art' Juliet is warning Romeo that he will be killed if he is seen here because of who he is. Another example of love imagery is when Juliet says 'O gentle Romeo, If thou dost love, pronounces it faithfully' here Juliet is saying if Romeo says he loves her to say it truthfully and to stand by her and not to leave her. Shakespeare presents Romeo and Juliet as two young lovers that will die for each other. Juliet is young but very realistic for her age and Romeo has only just met Juliet and is willing to marry her already which I found unusual. I think that the love and death imagery is most effective because that is what the whole play is based on and also love and death touches everyone's lives. I think that a Shakespearian audience would prefer religious imagery because people were more religious then and being religious meant a lot more to people in them days than it does people now. Georgina Moorley 10JRO ...read more.

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