Effect Of Shakespeare’s Language Essay

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Norman Maclean once said “All there is to thinking is seeing something noticeable, which makes you see something you weren’t noticing, which makes you see something that isn’t even visible”. This is how people think about Shakespeare and see what is noticeable. If they looked long enough then they will see what is not visible to most; language and how it affects his writing. William Shakespeare in the story The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet achieves the effect of contrast through personification, antithesis, and dramatic irony to bring out the love and the hate, and the good and the bad.
Shakespeare used antithesis to show the love and hate of Romeo and the good and the bad that the Friar sees in the plants. When talking to Benvolio, Romeo said, “Here is much to do with hate but more with love.”(1.1.172). This is the contrast between the hate between the families along with the love they share for fighting. Even though Romeo is only talking about the fight on the street the audience knows it is bigger then that. The friar while out in his garden is setting the scene with this line, “The grey-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night,” (2.3.1). This is the difference between the night and the day. Through this the audience knows it is dawn. The friar then moves on to compare the dangerous and wonders of nature and the plants, “With baleful weeds and precious-juiced flowers.” (2.3.8). This indicates the deathly plants yet they have flowers that can be helpful to man. While he is talking about the plants, the audience if paying attention compares this to Romeo and Juliet’s relationship. This demonstrates that the antithesis is greatly used to allow the audience to see both sides of the story.
The personification of death allows the audience to see how death plays a role in the story. Capulet brings death to life when he says, “Hath Death lain with thy wife. There she lies, / Flower as she was, deflowered by him.” (4.5.36-37). In these two lines Capulet gives death a person like acknowledgement in the fact he took his daughter. This is evidence to the audience that death is an important piece of the story. While talking to the friar he refers to death as a person “Death is my...

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