Essay on William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

1564 Words Apr 11th, 2016 7 Pages
What difference exists between Lady Capulet’s speech, "Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe”, and a servant’s speech, "My master / is the great rich Capulet, and, if you be not / of the house of Montagues… (I.i.82; I.ii.85-87)? The main difference occurs in the verse, Lady Capulet speaks in iambic pentameter while the servant does not. This slight variation in writing impacts the development of character and portrayal of social class. In Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare reveals social class and develops character through descriptions and styles of speech. To begin, Shakespeare illustrates social class and elaborates character through descriptions. Descriptions include names of characters and actions of characters. Firstly, names advance character complexity and reveal social class. Some names bear significance to character. Specifically, the names of Mercutio, Romeo and Benvolio assume profound merit. The name "Mercutio" broadens Mercutio 's character. Mercutio resembles a form of mercurial, which means "quick-changing". Mercutio 's personality complements his name because he exhibits capriciousness. He especially portrays an unpredictable character with his Queen Mab monologue (I.iv.58-100). Furthermore, Romeo shows Mercutio 's Queen Mab monologue personifies a frivolous banter by remarking, "Peace, peace, Mercutio, peace. / Thou talk 'st of nothing" (I.iv.101-102). Additionally, the name "Romeo" portrays a form of the word "roamer". This correlates to Romeo…

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