Imagery

Imagery is the mental image the your mind comes up with when certain words are
said. In scene V (lines 94-111) of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare, a picture is painted
in the mind by the words said. Imagery vocabulary, explanations, and affects of the
reader are the three most important aspects of imagery.
Shakespeare does a wonderful job of using imagery vocabulary to paint a picture
in the minds of the audience. Even now in the 21st century we can read Romeo and Juliet
and get the same sort of picture as the people of Shakespearean times got, even though
the vocabulary is a little different. Words such as “shrine,” “sin,” “saint,” “prayer,”
“faith,” and “profane” all paint the picture of a holy scene in my mind. When reading of
(or listening to) Romeo and Juliet meet you feel as if some holy, religious realm is taking
place. Even though these two have just met you sense some sort of bond. This immediate
bond is cushioned by the fact that they are in “holy love” or by the fact that they “we’re
meant to be.” It is important to understand imagery vocabulary and understand the sort of
picture you are creating for the audience.
The imagery of scene V depicts that Romeo and Juliet’s love was meant to be. It
gives the idea that God, or some other spiritual being, brought the two together at the
masquerade to find each other, and fall in love forever. Even though they have just met,
and their new love just began, they suddenly can’t live without one another. The love that
is painted in my mind is the kind that is only found in storybooks or TV sitcoms. the kind
of love that everyone wants to possess. Love at first sight, but justified of the terms that
some religiousness brought them together. This imagery of love is the kind of love that
will make young heartbroken girls want to love again, and encourage elderly coup

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