ROMEO AND JULIET (language)I have to write an essay on Romeo and Juliet and one of my paragraphs are about the language and literature use. I need to explain and write about Shakespeares writing...

ROMEO AND JULIET (language)

I have to write an essay on Romeo and Juliet and one of my paragraphs are about the language and literature use.

I need to explain and write about Shakespeares writing style etc.

Help would be great!!

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The entire play is a poem!  As such, you can examine the poetic devices such as the iambic pentameter throughout, the light/dark imagery, the rhyming couplets, the sonnets within the play {Prologue and Romeo and Juliet's first meeting).

Of course, the balcony scene of Act II is the most renowned section of absolutely beautiful verse replete with metaphors, similes, imagery, personification, and figurative language.

 

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litlady33 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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The above posters offer some good suggestions. A different approach that you could take is how language differs between characters and how Shakespeare might have used language to indicate class differences. There is a significant difference between the language of the Nurse (babbling and low-class) and Lady Capulet (high class). There are many character who have a disctince place in the social system and their language reflects this place.

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Along the lines of post #5, you might choose one literary/language technique found in the play and cite several examples. Figurative language might be a fairly easy focus (for instance, you could look at the balcony scene and the "rose by any other name" line).

You can find another example or two and write about how Shakespeare has his characters speak "poetically" in this way.

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

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I would also suggest narrowing your paragraph on language. Choose his use of metaphors or allusions and build upon that singular idea. It will be a much better focused paragraph and one which can be more easily handled.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The character of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet is a veritable pun machine. If I had to choose one aspect of Shakespeare's use of language in the play to isolate, it would be his use of puns, both for serious reasons and for comic relief. Mercutio's statement that "you will find me a grave man" is an example of the former, while his many exchanges with Romeo are full of phallic puns that are intended to get laughs.

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

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You can't obviously come up with a blanket cover-all statement for Shakespeare's langauge, and the best suggestion I can give you is to carefully select an extract from the play and think through the kind of language that it uses and why. Does it use blank verse or prose? What techniques can you see? What is the impact of those techniques?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Shakespere wrote with a lot of figurative language, puns, and allusions. His language is full of juicy metaphors and bawdy jokes. You might write about how this language is used for effect, to draw the viewer or reader into the story. You could also describe how it adds drama.

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