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How Juliet’s language shows her love for Romeo

 

The 1694 play Romeo and Juliet introduced to the world the
love story of two of litterature’s most prominent historical star crossed
lovers. The two characters in question are Romeo and Juliet, whose love
overthrows the balance of their world. Before meeting Romeo in Act 1, scene 5,
Juliet appears to be an intelligent child, mature beyond her years and devoted
to her family. This situation is completely overturned once Romeo, her first
true love, enters the seemingly perfect picture that is her life. Shakespeare
communicates the love that Juliet possesses for Romeo wonderfully with the use
of distinct language techniques. In particular, Juliet’s love for Romeo is
crafted into the story and demonstrated best through her soliloquy, poetic use
of metaphors, selfless tone and her style of speech, as well as use of verse.

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Firstly, Juliet’s soliloquy about Romeo and the obstacles in their
relationship clearly demonstrates her love for him. This intense and romantically
centered soliloquy that Juliet exclaims on her balcony shows a mixture of
feelings including worrisome indecision, as well as passionate love. Romeo is
the principal subject, and this shows us that Juliet most probably already harbors
deep feelings for him. The second time she speaks, Juliet says “Oh Romeo,
Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” Here one can also see the use of a rhetorical
question. The author’s intention regarding this quote was probably for the
audience to empathize with Juliet and understand her despair at the fate that
called her to love a Montague. The audience then wonders if this perhaps has
any regard to the star-crossed factor of their love which is mentioned in the
prologue. Another rhetorical question is “What’s a Montague?”, an interesting
question which demonstrates Juliet’s maturity as she disregards the belief that
your name makes you yourself. This quote makes the audience realize that Juliet
is indeed a persistent character who cares enough for Romeo to find the will to
work her way around both of their names and their implications. Another quote
which expresses Juliet’s feelings is “That which we call a rose by any other
name would smell as sweet. So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called.” where she
claims that the name of a rose does not define its sweetness. This is an intriguing
choice of object, and the author very probably chose it due to its
connotations, which vary from color of rose but are most commonly romance, mystery,
innocence, and interestingly, the unattainable or impossible. The audience
could then see that the love happening here was something which is intolerable
to fate. This is also an example of a metaphor used by Juliet where Romeo is
the rose.

 

Juliet’s wonderfully poetic and beautiful use of metaphors once
again allows us to see that she loves Romeo. An example of such a metaphor is
“This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath, may prove a beauteous flower
when we next meet.” Here Juliet compares her and Romeo’s romance to a bud of
love, meaning it is newborn, fragile, then she says that by summer’s ripening
breath it may prove a beauteous flower when they next meet, which shows that
she is confident they will meet again, and that their love will flourish and
not simply die down. This shows that Juliet truly wishes for the relationship
to work, and is not content with Romeo simply forgetting her afterwards. Juliet
then proceeds to call Romeo a “bounty as boundless as the sea” and follows up
with “My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are
infinite.” The author’s intention here was to show that Juliet has idealized
Romeo and in her eyes he is a masterpiece of perfection, and realize that her
love for Romeo endless, as the more she gives him the more she gains, showing
the never-ending cycle of love which she has for him. Juliet uses oxymoron
here, exaggerating Romeo greatly, yet in her eyes probably not so much so.
Here, once again Juliet has used a metaphor related to nature, which leads me
to believe that she thinks of their love as something natural, which man has no
control over in the same way the force of nature is incontrollable, everlasting
and powerful beyond description. A little farther down their exchange, Juliet
metaphorically refers to Romeo as the “god of her idolatry”, showing the
audience her devotion to him, as well as how their love is star-crossed, due to
the fact that Romeo is in some way taking the place of God, which is an
inacceptable concept to those who follow religions, as it is assumed Juliet and
her family do. This could be a comparison to how their love goes against her
religion, in the same way it goes against their families.

 

As well as Juliet’s use of metaphors, her selfless tone near the
end of act 1 scene 5 shows us the nature of her love and further proves her
feelings for Romeo. An example of her selflessness can be seen when she says
“Deny thy father and refuse thy name, or if thou will not, be but sworn my
love, and I’ll no longer be a Capulet”, where her desperation and readiness to
lose her own titles and name to be with Romeo prove that what she is after is
love, and not his name or the prestige that comes with it. Furthermore, Juliet
is a young and extremely volatile character, and this is never better
demonstrated than in this scene, where Juliet falls in love with Romeo
instantly and all but takes her marriage vows in the following 30 minutes.
However, all of a sudden, Juliet tells Romeo that she finds the contract “too rash,
too unadvised, too sudden”, which means Juliet suddenly has hesitations about
their love, and wishes for some time to go by and ensure that it will last.
Next, when they are in the process of saying their goodbyes, Juliet expresses
her wish to have him gone, “And yet no farther than a wanton’s bird.”, which
shows how much she wishes for his proximity, though she then says a few lines
farther down that “(Juliet) should kill thee with much cherishing” with which
she means that she cherishes him so that she could metaphorically kill him, and
is worried her love will cause him troubles. This could cause the audience to
begin to wonder whether their wish for mutual proximity is what will give them
away and ignite the star crossed factor of their romance.

 

In addition to her selfless tone, Juliet’s style of speech and use
of verse shows us her initial opposition to Romeo’s courtship, then her
acceptance of it and reciprocation. Her first distinct style of speech is a
copy of Romeo’s, in their first exchange, where Romeo uses the format of a
sonnet, respecting the appropriate rhyming scheme, syllable count and use of
iambic pentameter. For example; Romeo finishes the last line of his first
speech with “To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.”, and Juliet then finishes her last line in accordance with
his; “and palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss”. This
copying of his rhyme scheme could show that she has not had enough contact with
the world and practice to form her own style of speech yet. Secondly, the metaphorical
and religious connotations scattered in their conversation show us the holy
ethereality of their love, as Romeo compares Juliet to a saint, and himself to
a pilgrim, showing that their love is something pure and other-worldly. Lastly,
Juliet’s turns of phrase in initial opposition to Romeo show her playful flirtatiousness,
such as when she answers Romeo’s question of whether saints have lips with:

 “Ay pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.”, and then eventually surrenders to Romeo once she allows him to
kiss her, claiming that he “kiss(es) by the book”.

 

In conclusion, it is incredibly interesting to see how Juliet’s
soliloquy, poetic use of metaphors, selfless tone and her style of speech, as
well as use of verse prove her love for Romeo. However, although it would seem
that Juliet’s love for Romeo is absolute, one is perhaps left to wonder if such
is the case with Romeo as well, due to the fact that he has recently been
refused by his supposed one true love Rosaline, is he perhaps seeking solace in
the next lady whom appears to fall for him in the way Juliet does? Although it
seems illogical that Romeo would cause such dishonor to his family, is there a
possibility, however remote, that he resents the quarrel between them from
separating him from Rosaline? The interwoven romances in this theatre piece,
specifically the one revolving around Romeo and Juliet is a fascinating topic
due to the unique hidden factors within their language, which leave so much for
the reader to divine, that an individual interpretation can be formed by every
person to ever witness this mystery-clouded love story.

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