Explain The Significance of Act

Explain The Significance of Act 2.2 to the Development of the Play and Explore Shakespeare’s Use of Language to Present the Characters of Romeo and Juliet.Romeo and Juliet is a play that was written by William Shakespeare around 1595, and is probably the most famous play in history and has also been made into many different movies.One of the most famous scenes from Romeo and Juliet is the balcony scene in which is the famous quote “O Romeo Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?”The balcony scene is what my essay is about.Explaining the Significance of Act 2.2 to the Development of the Play.I think that Act 2.2 is very significant to the development of the play because it is the first time that Romeo and Juliet are together and so we can see what they are truly like with each other. Firstly because it establishes Romeo’s and Juliet’s characteristics, especially Juliet independence unlike before when she was slightly timid/shy and did not seem to be a person that would ever be in trouble. Shakespeare gives you the impression that Juliet is more independent and feisty for instance “Swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon” this shows Juliet being more confident and less afraid of speaking out for herself because after Romeo said he would swear on the moon Juliet could have just accepted that but instead she asked him to swear either not at all or on an unchanging thing.Also Romeo changes in this scene from being a slightly shy person who is also a little daring into a confident fearless man who will not be put off by what others think “With love’s wings did I o’er-perch these walls…” and his confidence almost grows into arrogance as the scene progresses.The key themes of love and death are also developed in this scene, for instance “If they do see thee, they will murder thee.” The two main characters using lots of metaphors and similes “How silver-sweet sound lovers’ tongues by night, like softest music to attending ears!” This shows how the two have got to know each other and their feelings have gone beyond first impressions.Also the famous quote “O Romeo Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” shows dramatic irony as while Juliet says the line Romeo is beneath her balcony while she is wondering where he is.Finally in the scene the two characters acknowledge properly the difficulty of there love and how it would b hard for them to be together because of their family names and the conflict between them again back to the famous quote “O Romeo Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” which also means why do you have to be called Romeo.Explore Shakespeare’s Use of Language to Present the Characters of Romeo and Juliet.I think that Shakespeare’s presents the characters of Romeo and Juliet through the use of language.The language changes from in the previous scenes where everything is quite rushed, especially in the party seen where the two are anxious to see each other because there aren’t as many prolonged metaphors as in the balcony scene also in the balcony scene he makes it seem as if the to are more confident around each other “Thy purpose marriage, send by word to-morrow…” although this does not obviously show that the two are confident around each other I think that it is the scene in general as well as the language in the scene.Also Shakespeare shows Romeo and Juliet being very flirtatious with each other “My life were better ended by their hate, than by death prorogued, wanting thy love.” this sort of language draws the audience into the feeling of love and allows the audience to associate these feelings with their own feelings of love.

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