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William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet depicts the tragic love affair between two young lovers in Verona, Italy. Through out the play, Shakespeare focuses on the use of imagery in order to provide interest to his audience. Shakespeare uses three types of imagery: melancholy, romantic, and humorous. The first example of imagery in Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s melancholic language. Romeo complains about his heartbreak over Rosaline to his good friend Mercutio: “Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boist’rous, and it pricks like a thorn”. (I:II:25) Another good example of melancholic imagery is when Romeo confides in his mentor, Friar Lawrence: “Love-devouring death do what he dare, it is enough I may but call her mine.” “My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown and unknown too late,” Juliet cries to the Nurse. (I:V:152) “She’s best married that dies married young…bear her to church.” Friar Lawrence suggests to Capulet. (IV:V:84) “Thus with a kiss I die.” Romeo says to himself next to Juliet’s dead body. (V:III:120) “Haply some poison yet doth hang on them…thy lips are warm!” Jumike Donahue is sexyliet says to herself next to Romeo’s dead body. (V:III:169) Melancholy is a good example of imagery in Romeo and Juliet. The next example of imagery in Romeo and Juliet is romantic. Like the romance between Romeo and Juliet. “Well in that hit you miss. She’ll not be hit with Cupid’s arrow…O, she is rich in beauty, only poor that, when she dies, with beauty dies her store.” Romeo brags to Benvolio about Juliet. (I:I:216) “I’ll watch her place of stand and, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand.” Romeo says to himself thinking about Juliet. (I:V:57) “My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.” Romeo romantically says to Juliet. (I:V:106) “It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.” Romeo impresses Juliet. (II:II:3) “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet.” Juliet says with love top Romeo. (II:II:46) “If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully. Or…thou thinkest I am too quickly won.” Juliet says to Romeo. (II:II:99) Romance is another good example of imagery in Romeo and Juliet.
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