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by William Shakespeare

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How does Shakespeare use language to show love in Romeo and Juliet? How does Shakespeare use language to show love in Romeo and Juliet?

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From the start, we see Romeo as a teenager hopelessly in love with love. Interestingly, he describes his love for Rosaline in religious terms:

When the devout religion of mine eye
Maintains such falsehood, then turn tears to fire;
And these who, often drowned, could never die,
Transparent heretics, be burnt for liars.
One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun
Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun.

Romeo also uses hyperbole in describing Rosaline's beauty. He says the sun has never seen anyone as beautiful as her since the world began. 

Romeo's worshipful and exaggerated love language helps to characterize him. He naturally sees love in religious terms: he worships love. Worshipping love as he does, he tends to exaggerate the attributes of the current beloved. He displays a teenager's over-the-top, zany, single-minded intensity.

One could almost laugh at how quickly Romeo switches his devotion from Rosaline to Juliet . He uses similar language about both. His religious eyes, which he...

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