William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet Essay

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Shakespeare’s plays Richard II and Romeo and Juliet , like many others of his plays focuses on language and action emphasizing them with a variety of writing styles. This essay will focus on the premises of Imagery, Metaphor, and symbolism in how these writing techniques affect both play in their use of language and action.

Imagery in Shakespeare is a thoroughly exposed in Romeo and Juliet, and Richard II. The use of imagery in Romeo and Juliet is stressed heavily in the language one of the many uses through profanity. A prime example of imagery can be found in act 1.4 (line 55) Mercutio’s Queen Mab speech:

“[…] Her wagon-spokes made of long spinners ' legs,
The cover of the wings of grasshoppers,
The traces of the smallest spider 's web,
The collars of the moonshine 's watery beams,
Her whip of cricket 's bone, the lash of film,
Her wagoner a small grey-coated gnat,
Not so big as a round little worm
Prick 'd from the lazy finger of a maid;
Her chariot is an empty hazelnut
Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub [….]”

The speech itself represents an immense idea of imagery in the following text, down to the tiniest detail. Being farfetched it emphasizes the use of imagery, in the details of the speech. Underlining this speech is how Shakespeare presents it with the use of profanity. The queen Mab speech when viewed synchronically is that Shakespeare is in fact speaking of a sexual dream about a prostitute named Queen Mab [917 footnote: 7]. Moving to the opening of the…

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