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How do literary devices contribute to Romeo and Juliet as a whole?What are some...

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pinksparkles | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM via web

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How do literary devices contribute to Romeo and Juliet as a whole?

What are some examples of literary devices in the play and how do they contribute and reinforce to the whole of Romeo and Juliet?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 2, 2012 at 11:32 AM (Answer #2)

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There are many examples of literary devices, but the most prevalent is figurative language. The play is full of beautiful metaphors and raunchy puns. Since plays are made to be performed, the writing has to be both descriptive and entertaining. You had to say a lot with few words, and Shakespeare was the master.
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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted January 2, 2012 at 4:31 PM (Answer #3)

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There are many examples of prolepsis in Romeo and Juliet where we get a chilling glimpse of what is in store for the two sweethearts . Sometimes this is combined with the beautiful figurative language itself, for example in the phrase 'star-cross'd lovers' where we know they cannot escape the awful Fate that awaits them.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM (Answer #4)

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Personally for me I definitely appreciate the figurative language that is used in the play. There are frequent examples of this, but one of my favourites is in the balcony scene where Romeo uses a metaphor to describe Juliet, saying she "is the sun." You might want to analyse the use of figurative language in this play, as there are plenty of wonderful examples for you to look at.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 3, 2012 at 7:55 AM (Answer #5)

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Given that the play is one of the most famous love stories, the figurative language used in the play is very relevant. The imagery constructed through the language adds to the mood of the play and allows readers to create very specific images within their minds when reading.

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