Double Puns In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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1. In plays like the Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, the writer uses ghosts or fights to attract people’s attention into the play. In Shakespeare’s case, he uses puns to put double meaning on words and phrases to catch the people’s attention. Puns are words that sound the same but have different/ double meanings. Quite a few puns can be read and seen throughout act 1 of this play. In the beginning of the play, two tribunes, Flavius and Murellus and a cobbler were talking to each other, and the cobbler says, “...a mender of bad soles.” (1.1.14). He calls himself the mender of bad soles when asked by Murellus. This can catch the reader's attention because this phrase can have two different meanings to it. One can mean mending the soles of your…show more content…
In act 1 scene 2 of Julius Caesar, Cassius gives a long soliloquy talking about Brutus and what he is planning to do to persuade Brutus to go onto his side. A soliloquy is basically a speech where a character expresses their thoughts out loud so the audience overhears them thinking. In scene 2, Cassius said, “ I will this night/ In several hands, in at his windows throw/ As if they came from several citizens/ writings all tending to the great opinion/ That Rome holds of his name,” (1.2.311-315). After Brutus leaves the scene of them two talking, Cassius talks about his thoughts out loud. He is basically saying that he will throw a few letters into Brutus’s window each with different handwritings as if it came from different citizens of Rome. The letters will include citizen’s respect for Brutus and his work ethics. It will also include complaints about how Caesar doesn’t have that much ambition and many negative remarks about him. When Brutus asked if Caesar was offered the crown, Casca said, “ he put it by thrice, every time/ gentler than other;” (1.2.228-229). He said that Caesar was offered the crown by Antony three times, but he rejected. To Cassius, someone like this shouldn’t be ruler for all of Rome and he wants Caesar to be dethroned. Because of Brutus’s honor for Rome, he would do anything to make them happy. Even if it means ruining his friendship. In the beginning of Cassius’s soliloquy, he says, “Caesar doth bear me hard, but he loves Brutus/If I were Brutus now and he were Cassius /He should not humor me.” (1.2.309-311). Since he knows that he can’t get to Caesar, he aims for Brutus instead. He tells himself that if he were to be Brutus, he wouldn’t let Cassius mess with him because it’s gonna be
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