Romeo And Juliet Literary Devices Essay

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In William Shakespeare's play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the use of multiple literary devices makes the play interesting. Dramatic irony, which is when the audience knows more than the characters, occurs numerous times throughout the play and grabs the attention of the audience. Soliloquies, which are lengthy speeches by a character to project their thoughts and emotions to the audience, this allows the audience to be more attentive. Allusions are references by characters to well-known places, events from myths or other literature that cause the audience to be absorbed into the play. After reading this marvelous play, it is obvious that Shakespeare uses dramatic irony, allusions, and soliloquies all written in blank verse to grasp the undivided attention of the audience. Dramatic irony is when the audience or reader know something that the characters are unaware of. In Act Two Scene 3 line 44, Friar Laurence asks Romeo, “God pardon sin! Wast thou with Rosaline?” (2.3.44) and this adds suspense to the play, therefore making the plot more interesting. What this quote means is that Friar Laurence thinks that Romeo has been with Rosaline all night, even though he was with Juliet. Other than dramatic irony, the writer also used allusions to grab the attention of the audience or reader. A soliloquy is a lengthy speech in which a…show more content…
Dramatic irony grabs the attention of the audience by adding more suspense. Soliloquies let the audience know the feelings and thoughts of a character, making them more attentive. Allusions give the audience something to think about and this makes them feel more involved. Overall, William Shakespeare’s marvelous job of the use of literary devices in The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet will add to his legacy, not to forget, the title of greatest English-playwright does him
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