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What are some examples of good imagery in Romeo and Juliet?I am doing a project about...

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nhsstudent | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM via web

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What are some examples of good imagery in Romeo and Juliet?

I am doing a project about imagery in Romeo and Juliet. I need to pick a quote and then make some type of visual about that quote. I need to find a good imagery quote that will be easy to draw a picture of or make some other type of visual.

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lffinj | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted April 15, 2012 at 9:21 PM (Answer #1)

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There are many examples of imagery throughout Romeo and Juliet.  The balcony scene offers a multitude of lines that could be shown visually.  As she stands on her balcony, Romeo is struck by Juliet's beauty. "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?/It is the East, and Juliet is the sun./Arise fair sun, and kill the envious moon," (2.2.2-5).  Further along, Romeo states, "The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars/As daylight doth a lamp; her eye in heaven/Would through the airy region stream so bright/That birds would sing and think it were not night (2.2.21-24).  

Later, Romeo says, "O, speak again, bright angel, for thou art/As glorious to this night, being o'er my head,/As a winged messenger of heaven/Unto the white-upturned wond'ring eyes...When he bestrides the lazy puffing clouds/And sails upon the bosom of the air" (2.2.30-35).

Throughout Romeo and Juliet, and other works by Shakespeare, there are many references to astrology.  As shown above, Romeo compares Juliet to the sun and speaks of stars and heaven.  During the time of Shakespeare, astrology was very important to all citizens, from peasants to royalty.  The prologue of Romeo and Juliet includes the famous line, "A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life..." which is yet another reference to celestial bodies. The myriad examples of astrological allusions, beyond the ones stated above, should provide a good start in finding examples that can be visually represented.

 

 

 

 

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