Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare uses many language devices to signify the imperative morals in the story. He uses language devices such as various examples of imagery, foreshadowing . They will be discussed below, including Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of language and film devices.

Shakespeare incorporates many feelings, emotions, thoughts and instincts in his plays, especially in Romeo and Juliet. To do this, Shakespeare has implemented many devices or techniques to assist him in doing so. Let’s begin with one of the most commonly used devices: imagery.

Imagery is continually being utilised by Shakespeare as a creative passage to identify and allow observation of the work of literature and human arts that lie behind his work. For example, he uses imagery to spark an imagination in our minds, which can help in relating to a character or an aspect of that character. For instance, Romeo uses extensive amounts of light imagery when he rants about Juliet. ‘It is the east, and Juliet is the son’, and ‘She doth teach the torches to burn light’ are all relevant quotes which define this type of imagery.

Another type of imagery, which is again being quoted by Romeo, is religious imagery. Religious imagery is used to describe the Christian and religious background that is very relatable to Juliet’s understanding, as she was a devout Christian, and also because they both come from an extremely Christian city, Verona. Such quotes include ‘If I profane with my unworthiest hand, This holy shrine, the gentle sin of this’ and ‘Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too’. This religious imagery is continually being employed by both Shakespeare and Luhrmann to create a contrasting imagery-a Christian city where fighting occurs for no knowledgeable reason.

Foreshadowing is another device made use of by Shakespeare to repeat of bad events to come. From a personal perspective from the characters, it is usually uttered. This foreshadowing is an insight to the audience about what is ensuing...