Contrast In Language

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Contrast In Language

Contrast Between Language of Love in the Balcony Scene and the Language of Death in the
Final Scene of Romeo and JulietIn William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare
introduces many themes that he continues throughout all of his tragedies, including the
language of love vs. the language of death. The balcony scene is the most valuable scene
illustrating the language of love, whereas in the final scene of the play the language of
death is used to set the stage for their suicides, pulling together the tragic ending of
the play.Throughout the second scene of Act II, Romeo uses beautiful metaphors and similes
to express his affection for Juliet:O, speak again bright angel, for thou artAs glorious
to this night, being o'er my headAs is a winged messenger of heaven.(Rom. II. II,
28-30.)This passage is used to compare Juliet to an angel, somethign that is universally
held as sacred and lovely. Elsewhere in the scene there are lines that describe their love
for one another, and add to the romantic theme of the scene:And but thou love me, let them
find me here.My life better ended by their hateThe death prorogued, wantingof thy
love.(Rom. II. II, 76-78.)In the final scene of the play, there is much talk of death by
Romeo, Friar Laurence, and Juliet. Romeo announces his own demise in his soliloquy:Depart
again. Here, here I will remainWith worms and chambermaids. O, hereWill I set my
everlasting restAnd shake the yoke of inauspicious starsFrom this world-weariedflesh.
Eyes, look your last!Arms, take your last embrace! And, lips,O youThe doors of breath to
engrossing death!(Rom. V. III, 108-114.)The Friar's Frantic wrods and actions in conflict
to his previous calm stature illustrate the grim mood of the scene: Stay not to question,
for the watch is coming.Come, go good Juliet. I dare no longer stay.(Rom. V. III,
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