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Language in Romeo and Juliet

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Danny Yoo

on 17 January 2013

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Transcript of Language in Romeo and Juliet

R & J oxymoron Allusions Language in Romeo and Juliet sibilance puns allusion imagery colloquialism alliteration archaic language consonance assonance idiom metaphor simile allegory metonymy anaphora synecdoche hyperbole understatement euphemism diction personification The wide range of his allusions includes Vocabulary Shakespeare's vocabulary was gigantic It is the REASON why Romeo and Juliet is still "alive and read 400 years after it was written Auditory imagery

Kinesthetic imagery

Gustatory imagery Imagery = add depth and understanding to the work 1.allows us to visualize his scenes without props or concrete backdrops
2.create inner coherence to the play Stars Seasons Blind Cupid Images vs Characters Stars, Dawn, Light Earth being a womb & tomb Duality "In their triumph die, like fire and powder/ which as they kiss consume." (II.6.10-11) Love & Hate=Consumes everything Light vs Dark Juliet “teaches torches to burn bright” (I.5.43)

“the sun” who can “kill the envious moon” (II.2.3)

“two of the fairest stars in all the heaven” (II.2.15).

“hangs upon the cheek of night/ As a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear” (I.5.44-45) Romeo “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” (III.2.22-25) “More light and light: more dark and dark our woes” (III.5.36). insults compliments Shakespeare's Language Shakespeare's language was very colourful and interesting. Gloomy


Equivocal Some words were invented: The play on words; Shakespeare rules! Classical,
Historical icons, stories and people. The use of
S-xual innuendo,
Ambiguity The heads of the maids?
Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maidenheads. (I.1.24)

Ask for me to-morrow, and
you shall find me a grave man.
(III.1.95-96) Romeo's Timeline Act 1 Scene 5 Act 2 Scene 4 Act 2 Scene 6 Act 5 Scene 3 Act 2 Scene 2 "One fairer than my love! The all-seeing sun
Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun."
(I.2.92-93) Act 1 Scene 2 O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear;
Beauty to rich for use, for earth too dear!
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows,
As yonger lady o'er her fellow shows.
The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand,
And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand.
Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.
(44-53) "By love, that first did prompt me to inquire;
He lent me counsel and I lent him eyes.
I am no pilot; yet, wert thou as far
As that vast shore wash'd with the farthest sea,
I would adventure for such merchandise."
(80-84) "Now is he for the numbers
that Petrarch flowed in." (38-39) Allusions


Play on words "Conceit, more rich in matter than in words,
Brags of his substance, not of ornament.
They are beggars that can count their worth;
But my true love is grown to such excess
I cannot sum up sum of half my wealth."
(II.6.30-34) Romeo is happy about loving Juliet while he completely forgets about Rosaline... good or bad? "You kiss by the book." (I.5.110) "Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say "Ay."
And I will take thy word; yet, if thou swear'st,
Thou mayst prove false. At lovers' perjuries,
They say, Jove laughs. O gentle Romeo,
If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully;
Or if tho think'st I am too quickly won,
I'll frown and be perverse and say thee nay,
So thou wilt woo"
(90-97) Act/Scene



5.3 Number of Words



371 The good side of
meeting Juliet! Sweet flower, with flowers thy bridal bed I strew,
O woe! thy canopy is dus and stones
Which with sweet water nightly I will dew,
Or, wanting that, with tears distill'd by moans.
The obsequies that I for thee will keep
Nightly shall be to strew thy grave and weep
(12-17) "In faith, I will. Let me peruse this face.
Mercutio's kinsman, noble County Paris!
What said my man, when my betossed soul
Did not attend him as we rode? I think
He told me Paris should have married Juliet."
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