Essay On Imagery In Romeo And Juliet
Throughout Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare makes heavy use of religious imagery, especially when concerned with the young couple. It underlines the purity of Romeo and Juliet’s love by associating it with a pure feeling such as religion, and it creates an escape from their damnation according to Christian values by creating the religion of love.In the Christian faith, which was ubiquitous in Shakespeare’s England, suicide is against God’s will, and therefore punishable by eternal damnation.The image here is of Juliet's beauty shining so brightly that she can only be compared to the sun.However, Romeo takes that image a step further and turns it into a metaphor by saying that Juliet 'is' the sun, for no other light can shine as brightly. The moon, conversely, Romeo describes as lesser and weaker, especially when compared with Juliet, the sun.Recall that purple represents power and wealth, in Act I Scene V it shows how powerful and wealthy Juliet (and her family) is, because masquerades would only be held if nobility (the House of Capulet) could demonstrate From the dialogue in Act I Scene III 69, “It is an honour that I dream not of” shows that Juliet has no idea what is marriage, moreover the Nurse jokes by taking credit for Juliet’s wisdom “An honor?Were not I thine only nurse, I would say thou hadst sucked wisdom from thy teat” (Act I Scene III 70-71).In Romeo's famous soliloquy (a speech which a character delivers alone onstage), he describes the light he can see through a window in the Capulet mansion.He says, 'It is the east, and Juliet is the sun./Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,/Who is already sick and pale with grief,/That thou her maid art far more fair than she' (3-6).
This is incidentally fulfilled in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.As Paul Budra points out in the Study Guide, it would have been rather unpleasant for Shakespeare to leave his audience with an image of Romeo and Juliet in Hell. When Romeo sees Juliet for the first time, he says, “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!Therefore he had to find a way to “get around this problem” (43). / It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night / As a rich jewel in and Ethiop’s ear” (Shakespeare, 1.4.157-9).In Romeo and Juliet, the imagery comes from the language the characters use.Since this is a play, there is little by way of description or narration.The main component to make those masks catch people’s attentions is the colour.The background colour of the mask is purple, the symbol of power and wealth.In the play, Juliet is the daughter of a big family – the House of Capulet.The Capulet family is one of the Patriarch families of Italy, the other one is the House of Montagues.During Shakespeare’s time, feasts and balls were very popular amongst the members of upper class.The masks worn to these festivities were often extremely detailed, fabulous, and expensive.