Essay about Figurative Language in Romeo and Juliet

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Matt Marder-----------------------Matt Marder--------------------------Matt Marder---------------------Matt Marder------------------Matt Marder----------------- Language corresponds to countless appellations, as the expresser of thought and ultimate origin of philosophy, influencing the world of knowledge with its astonishing qualities. The very essence of cooperation and communication relies eternally on the inspired art of language, without which any possible human development could occur. Furthermore, the perception of verbal communication splits between two realms, reality and literature, constituting two linguistic variations, figurative and literal. Throughout the world of literature, figurative language adds depth and dimension to …show more content…
While light references subsist as a recurring theme in Romeo’s exceedingly poetic speech, the particular comparative analogies of daylight to a lamp and beautiful eyes to the brightness of stars, remain powerful and accessible illustrations to the contemporary audience. “It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear” (43-44). A theme constantly present in Romeo and Juliet relates light to that of prevailing beauty, particularly when Juliet’s “hangs upon the cheek of night”. Juliet’s splendor emanates a light of intense beauty, contrasting like a star against the blackness of night. Furthermore, an additional comparison becomes revealed as Juliet’s beauty compares with the brightness of a jewel against the dark skin of an ‘Ethiope’, or Ethiopian. "Like a rich jewel" also describes the value associated with Juliet’s radiant beauty, informing the audience that Juliet is practically a celestial body, closer to heaven than to earth. This reinforces the fact that the desires of love depended on the amount of beauty the lovers saw in each other. “It is the east, and Juliet is the sun” (3). A distinct association appears between Juliet and the sun to which Romeo refers. This correlation of Shakespeare’s reinforces the perception that brightness, specifically from the sun, continuously portrays a blinding sense of intense beauty and love. The vast range of imagery related to the appearance of

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