Romeo and Juliet is one of the most popular plays in history. If someone were to make an educated guess they would probably say that at least 80% of people over the age of 13 have read or have heard a Shakespeare play. Romeo and Juliet is a play about two star crossed lovers and how much they love each other. The Montague’s and the Capulet’s are rivals and always have been which makes it hard for Romeo and Juliet to be in love. Shakespeare uses figurative language to intensify this piece. In the play Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare uses the techniques of simile, personification, and allusion to help the reader make an emotional connection with the text.
Shakespeare uses similes to connect with the reader. Similes help a reader visualize what something is, based off of what is being compared to. “Such comfort as do lusty young men feel,”(Act 1,Sc 2). Capulet said this to Paris implying that they were as comfortable as young men because young men are comfortable in life thinking they have plenty of time left in life. “A bump as big as a young cock’rels stone,”(Act 1, Sc 3). The bump is big because cock’rels stones are big. Similes are great ways to connect with readers.
Shakespeare uses personification for imagery to the readers. By giving something a human action you can easily visualize what is happening as if it were a movie. “Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast,” (Act 1, Sc1). Griefs cannot really lie in someone’s breast, it is not possible, but by doing that he makes the reader understand how heavy his griefs are. “ A perilous knock, and it cried bitterly,” (Act1, Sc 3). Obviously knocks cannot cry, therefore it is personification. It clearly demonstrates that the knock is a slow, deep knock. Personification is a great way to show imagery.
Shakespeare also uses allusions. Allusions help a reader connect to the text by seeing something that is popular in the outside world. “ Young Abraham Cupid, he that shot...