The Importance of Dramatic Effects in Act 2, Scene2 of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The Importance of Dramatic Effects in Act 2, Scene2 of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
In this play Shakespeare uses dramatic effect to un-lock different options to the reader, he gives you a choice in what to believe caused the eventual deaths of Romeo and Juliet, it could be one of three things, fate, accident, or wilfulness. Shakespeare uses the balcony scene in Act 1, Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet to create an influence on the audience?s interpretation of what is to come. Romeo?s language is overly dramatic, he uses Juliet as a manifestation of himself, words? such as sun and light are used to describe the emotion between them, Romeo on his first meeting with Juliet is entirely betrothed, he has lost his heart, and Juliet sighs out her new love almost painfully as the anguish of the harsh reality of their situation falls into place she realizes that there love should and could not be. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare accomplishes this by using two emotions to dominate the plays theme; love and hate. There is a crucial balance throughout Romeo and Juliet of love, passion, fate and wilfulness against hate, death, accident and coincidence
To achieve the impact needed for this balance, Shakespeare uses dramatic effect in all of his plays, whether it is violence and gore as with Macbeth or love and desperation as with Romeo and Juliet. In Act 2, Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet the young couple declare their love for one another in a series of over exaggerated speeches in the balcony scene and this scene gives a great indication to the end result of the play. The language Shakespeare uses shows off an obsession with maintaining balance, when he uses language such as ?fair sun?, and ?envious moon,? at the same time, and in the same verse as ?pale with grief?, and ?sick and green,? the balance is well maintained, he uses this in a much broader fashion throughout the whole of his play, when he starts off by talking about passion and love he ends up later in the play talking of hate and death, a complete reversal of styles making it all the more interesting to read. Romeo has seen Juliet as a possession, he loves her therefore he owns her. This is what he has convinced himself. She speaks yet she says nothing, he is talking in riddles that cannot be answered even by him, a state of confusion has enveloped his very soul and he cannot see any light at the end of the tunnel apart from his sweet Juliet. The language shows his confusion very well, he asks a lot rhetorical of questions and works himself up badly, he wants to cause chaos in more than just their hearts and does. He goes over the top and out of the ordinary to display Romeos feelings; Romeo talks of betraying his family his honour and his integrity all for love, which in that time was absurdly stupid. The audience tags along with this and becomes captivated because of what he is saying, it is hard to question it because no chance is given, you are simply swept away by what Romeo says his emotion brims over love and into an emotional equilibrium in which all that matters is this one true love Juliet. ?Goddess.? Is the definitive term through all the descriptive language in my opinion, encapsulating everything this new love is meant to mean to Romeo and the one thing no man could ever have for himself. He reflects the chaos inside of Romeo well in nature; birds are mentioned these are animals renowned for noise ?tapering,? they cause disruption and represent havoc in the human world as often Shakespeare does. On hearing Romeo, Juliet claims she cant believe it and comes out obviously looking for more complements, unlike the unselfish Romeo she is vain and needs to be constantly reassured of his love before they are betrothed, you could look on it almost as a plea or maybe a confession by Romeo, as he opens his heart he forgets who he is and what cant be. The doors Shakespeare had opened early in the play leave three options open for readers to believe, fate, accident, wilfulness or all three combined. He uses a combination of these early on and then leaves it up to the reader. At this time there would have been many sociological ideals against this type of play, it was considered wrong in the eyes of society to go against the words or wishes of your family. In a time when the world was governed completely by religion, it is against the word of god above all else. Juliet is in denial; she can see the harsh reality they are faced with and starts to question the significance of a family name, playing down society and playing love up, this a sign maybe of their ensuing fate. ?Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo.? possibly one of the most misinterpreted quotes in the history of play righting, does not mean where are you Romeo but rather why are you Romeo, another rhetorical question that leaves no real answer. She asks questions of him while he talks of ?the two fairest stars in all of heaven?, she is demanding things of him ?deny thy father, and refuse thy name?, when they are not even betrothed to throw his identity away in an age where name is all there is. ?With loves light wing I did over perch these walls for stoney limits cannot hold love out. And what love do that dares love attempt!? In his mind he is an soaring angel powered by love, but in reality becomes an angel flying only in death. A sad reality to be forced into facing, but wilful, fateful, and accidental all the same.

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