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The use of language for figurative effect in shakespeares romeo and juliet

  1. It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear; Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! Her cheek and her eyes are so bright that they would shame the stars and make the birds think it is still daytime.
  2. Certified Educator In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare uses imagery painted by both figurative and sensory language in order to portray characters' feelings and beliefs.
  3. What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
  4. He describes the dress of those maids who serve the moon as being a sickly green color and declares that Juliet ought never to wear it.
  5. He expresses his feelings for Juliet, especially concerning her beauty, with these comparisons.

In act 1, scene 1, for example, the Prince uses metaphor to liken the men to "beasts" and their blood to "purple fountains issuing from their veins. If you look at the first link below, you will see one of my previous answers, where I list many allusions that appear in these acts.

Some others examples of figurative language are below: This is used early on, when the Prince appears on the scene to break up the street brawl that erupts in Act I, i. The Prince rebukes the brawlers with his words: The men are compared to "beasts," their rage to "fire," and the spurting blood to "purple fountains. One of the most well-known lines from the play arises when Romeo first sees Juliet and uses an exquisite simile: O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!

It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear; Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!

  1. It is the East, and Juliet is the sun. Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,Who is already sick and pale with griefThat thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
  2. Madam, an hour before the worshipp'd sun Peer'd forth the golden window of the east, A troubled mind drave me to walk abroad...
  3. Her cheek and her eyes are so bright that they would shame the stars and make the birds think it is still daytime.

In this speech, he compares the brightness of Juliet's beauty and the way she stands out in the night to a "rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear. This appears when Benvolio speaks to Romeo's parents, who are worried about their son. They ask Benvolio if he has seen Romeo recently, and Benvolio responds: Madam, an hour before the worshipp'd sun Peer'd forth the golden window of the east, A troubled mind drave me to walk abroad.

Here, the sun is personified as "peering forth" as if it had eyes.

What are some uses of figurative language in Romeo and Juliet, Act 1 and Act 2?

Romeo uses hyperbole when he asks, "Can I go forward when my heart is here? His heart is obviously not literally in the Capulet garden, but he feels he cannot leave Juliet's garden because he is so in love with her and cannot bear to be apart.

He also uses both simile and hyperbole when he talks of Juliet's brightness: The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars, As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven Would through the airy region stream so bright That birds would sing and think it were not night.

Her cheek and her eyes are so bright that they would shame the stars and make the birds think it is still daytime. When Mercutio teases Romeo to try to get him to reveal where he is hiding at the beginning of Act II, Romeo responds with the following: Romeo uses this when speaking to Benvolio in Act I, upon learning that there has been another street fight.

  • Madam, an hour before the worshipp'd sun Peer'd forth the golden window of the east, A troubled mind drave me to walk abroad;;;
  • The Prince rebukes the brawlers with his words;
  • One good place analyze the use of language and images is in the opening scene when we first meet Romeo;
  • O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
  • Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms!
  • His heart is obviously not literally in the Capulet garden, but he feels he cannot leave Juliet's garden because he is so in love with her and cannot bear to be apart.

Why, then, O brawling love! O any thing, of nothing first create! Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms! Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health! Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!

How does Shakespeare use figurative language to describe Romeo's feelings for Juliet?

This speech, filled with contradictions, shows his frustration and confusion at the ongoing feud. Romeo recognizes the feud has "much to do with hate but more with love. I'll look to like, if looking liking move: But no more deep will I endart mine eye Than your consent gives strength to make it fly. See first link below.