What are some of the language techniques and devices Shakepeare uses to show the differences between Romeo and Juliet in the Act 2, Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet?

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The contrast in language between Romeo and Juliet in this scene is stark. The scene opens with a lengthy soliloquy from Romeo, in which he uses dense figurative language and hyperbole to describe Juliet's beauty: "it is the east, and Juliet is the sun." His speech focuses on style rather than substance, with Romeo asking a number of rhetorical questions to which he does not need or expect answers ("What if her eyes were there, they in her head?") and expressing the lovesick desire to be "a glove upon that hand." Romeo's language is almost a parody of the sort of poetry produced by lovesick young men in the Elizabethan period. The "problems" he raises are only the trifling problems of most lovesick young men: he does not appear to be dwelling upon the greater difficulties which separate the two.

Juliet, however, has an entirely different and more pressing preoccupation. Shakespeare uses juxtaposition to contrast her very salient questions with Romeo's lovelorn thoughts.

O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore...

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