Analyzing Sight Passage
Romeo & Juliet – Act 3/Scene 2/lines 1-34
1. Identify the speaker
* Juliet is the speaker of the passage.
2. To whom is being spoken to
* Juliet is speaking to the audience.
3. The context of the passage
* This passage appears at the point in the play when Romeo kills Tybalt out of rage for killing Mercutio, and is exiled by the Prince for taking the law into his own hands. Juliet, unaware of what had happened, waits alone in the Capulet house for her love Romeo to visit her that night.
4. The significance of the passage
* It shows Juliet’s impatient love for Romeo.
* Dramatic irony occurs in this passage through Juliet’s anticipation over the arrival of her love Romeo, whereas the audience knows that Romeo has been banished from Verona. * This passage occurs near the play’s existential moment, where the hero begins to protest against life and the stars. Such as when Romeo kills Tybalt out of rage for killing his cousin Mercutio and is banished from Verona. * Pathos is evident throughout the passage. An example of this is shown on line 8 where it states “Lovers can see to do their amorous rites.” * Poetic devices such as similes and metaphors are used within passage. Examples of these include: “So tedious is this day as the night before some festival” (Simile), “For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night, Whiter than new snow upon a raven’s back” (metaphor) * Personification is also used; this is shown when Juliet gives “love”, something that’s non-living, living qualities. Shown on line 9 where it states “love is blind” * Alliteration, meaning the repetition of initial consonant sounds is also shown, as in line 1 where it states “fiery-footed steeds” * Mythological beings are also used in the passage as a way of Juliet showing her impatience for night to arrive. This is shown on lines 3-4, where she states “As Phaëton would whip you to the west, and bring in...
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