FORM AND STRUCTURE: ROMEO AND JULIET

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FORM AND STRUCTURE: ROMEO AND JULIET
  1. Soliloquay (monologues) are used to reveal the character's innermost thoughts and feelings to the audience.
    1. Dramatic irony
      1. It is effective as it frustrates the audience as they are the ones who knows what it happening between all of the characters.
      2. Overshadowing
        1. The audience is constantly reminded that Romeo and Juliet would die and it builds tension and anticipation for when their deaths would happen.
        2. Catharsis.
          1. Juxtaposition of love and death
            1. Shakespeare uses rhyming couplets so that the last verse would be memorable and it contains a moral message in it.
              1. Tells the audience that the play is coming to an end.
              2. Iambic pentameter
                1. Imitates the sound of heartbeats and imitates the flow of natural speech.
                2. Light and dark imagery
                  1. Romeo is often seen to idolise Juliet and to place her on a pedastal. He is frequently quoting about how angelic she is. As Catholicism and religion were a large and an important part in their society, Romeo comparing Juliet to something relgious implies to the audience about how important Juliet is to him.
                    1. “But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? / It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!”(2.1.2)
                      1. Romeo is represented as 'dark' when in comparison with Juliet as we see that he is suicidal at the beginning of the play. Furthermore, suicide was a very sinful act in Elizabethan England. However, nearing the end pf the play where Juliet has thoughts about killing herself for the sake of Romeo shows that their love is destructive and that Romeo's ways is influencing Juliet. This suggests extreme or a very passionate love.
                      2. Oxymoron
                        1. Suggests that they character is experiencing an emotional turmoil.
                          1. When Romeo kills Tybalt, Juliet is no longer sure who she fell in love with and she is doubting about her feelings about him.
                            1. This shows that love or the love that she though she experienced is destroying her and turning her crazy/ manic.
                              1. She begins to not recognise who she fell in love with.
                            2. Shows confusion in the character's emotions and their vision of what is wrong and right could be clouded.
                            3. Hyperbole
                              1. This shows how strong the relationship between Romeo and Juliet and it insinuates to the reader that they no longer feel infatuation and start to feel romantic love for each other.
                              2. Metaphors/personification/similies.
                                1. Blank verse
                                  1. Noble people often speak in blank verse which contains iambic pentameter with no rhyme in it. They usually speak prose to each other but blank verse to other people, perhaphs to indicate their status and authority.
                                    1. A CAESURAL PAUSE is used in this sentence and it indicates that the character is hesitating or thinking about something important. It also may happen during an emotional moment on the stage.
                                      1. 'Good night, good night. Parting is such sweet sorrow.'
                                        1. Here, Shakespeare flips the iambic pentameter (from de dum to dum de... etc.) and the change in rhythm suggests that the character might have had a change in feelings or it suggests an intimate moment in this case.
                                  2. Shakespeare usually exaggerated on how beautiful Juliet is with metaphors and similies. He may have done this as in Elizabethan England, all the actors were male and the audience may not be able to look at the actor who plays Juliet. The exaggeration helps the audience to imagine what Juliet looks like.
                                    1. Mercutio ususally speaks in prose and this connotes informality.
                                      1. Shakespeare often uses prose to show that there is a change in a character's emotional state.
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