Literary Devices In Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare

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The prince’s speech in Romeo and Juliet was given after a fight broke out in the market between the rich families by the name of Montague’s and Capulet’s. The Prince said during his speech “Your lives shall forfeit the peace in my city” Is a bit of foreshadowing and how someone might have to pay their life for taking away the peace of his city. Later on in the story Capulet gets killed by Romeo, therefore he will have to pay his life because he once again disturbed the streets of Verona. Romeo was lucky enough to have kept his life, but he is banned from Verona for the rest of his life. “Three civil brawls bred of an airy word,” Meant that this isn’t the first time that the two families have fought. “Bred of an airy word” the two sides had a great battle just because of a few words. Shakespeare’s also like to use Iambic pentameter to show that speakers are of a higher class. It means that there does not have to be a rhyme scheme. Shakespeare does play with the word he uses so every line has the same amount of syllables. There are also different stresses on each word to kind of give it a rhythm.
Shakespeare also used a few poetic devices when he wrote the prince’s speech. The different devices used are emphasis to the seriousness of the prince’s speech. An example is metaphors that he uses to compare the two sides and to show his dislike towards them. “Will they not hear? What ho, you men, you beasts.” This quite refers to both sides men can be comparable to animals or beast, both can’t wait to have the chance to slay their predator. Metaphor that were also used was the prince said that “ with purple fountains issuing from your veins” it means that the city and its water will be colored and stained with your blood due to the fighting that is occurring. Another example of how Shakespeare shows seriousness is through repetition. “Three civil brawls bred of an airy word” and “Thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets” are two quotes that can prove that the Prince is trying to send a message that it...

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