March 20, 2014 Figurative language in Romeo & Juliet “
Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. If you don’t start with that, what are we going to end up with? Fall head over heels. I say find someone you can love like crazy and who'll love you the same way back. And how do you find him/her? Forget your head and listen to your heart. I’m not hearing any heart. Run the risk, if you get hurt, you’ll come back. Because, the truth is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love Well, you haven’t lived a life at all.You have to try. Because if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived” Meet Joe Black (1998). Did Romeo & Juliet find such passion and deepseated feelings in themselves for each other? Maybe they did. That’s the reason, they stepped over hardest obstacles, the rivalry barrier of their families and attempted to be together finally, ended up together by committing suicide. The names Romeo and Juliet are synonymous with tragic love affairs and interfering families, from the play titled ‘Romeo and
Juliet’. Famous English playwright of all time William Shakespeare is accredited for arguably the most famous love story of all time. Due to tragic series of mischances and fateful errors, two young lovers who try to elope instead end up dead. It’s not only famous for the storyline, but also Shakespeare’s use of figurative language in the play, which turned it into a heartwarming
and enhancing one. ‘The Capulet’s Orchard’ Scene 2 of Act II, ‘The Balcony Scene’ is indeed utmost famed part of this play for the intensity of figurative language. In the lines 132 of the following scene Romeo’s subsequent monologue, Romeo expresses that Juliet is the most precious woman in his world, without whom he will be unable to keep himself alive.
Shakespeare successfully displayed affection of Romeo towards Juliet through the use of metaphor, simile & hyperbole. One literary device applied in the following part is metaphor. The word
‘metaphor’ came from Latin word ‘metaphora’ which means transfer. According to figurative language, metaphor is word which is used to compare with another thing nonliterally without using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’. Almost every adept authors use metaphors to enhance their literature. Shakespeare also used intense metaphors to make the readers feel what Romeo feels.
For example, Romeo began to talk about Juliet with this line “It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.” In other words, he meant his world is lightened up by Juliet’s appearance as real word is also enlightened by the sun. Just like, the world needs the sun to survive, Romeo needs Juliet around him to live the life. Overall, here the sun is compared with Juliet without using ‘like’ or
‘as’. So, it is metaphor as it carries inner meaning perfectly. Additionally, another example for metaphor in this scene is “See how she leans her cheek upon her hand! O that I were a glove leans her cheek upon that hand ”. This expresses Romeo’s desire to touch and get touched by
Juliet. It also shows Romeo’s wish to get closer to Juliet. Here the word ‘glove’ is compared with
Romeo. He wanted to get touched as the glove on her hand is tapped on her cheek. To show
Romeo’s thirst, it was also an pretty good metaphor.
Another figurative language used in the scene ‘Capulet’s Orchard’ is simile. The word ‘simile’ directly derived from Latin, which means ‘a like thing’. In English, simile is the literary device which is used to compare alike thing using either of the words ‘like’ or ‘as’. The difference between simile and metaphor is, in simile ‘as’ or ‘like’ is used to compare one thing with another. The wizard of the figurative language, William Shakespeare strengthened his play with the use of similes. Such as, Romeo commented in his monologue, “The brightness of the