Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Literary terms and words to know

Metaphor It makes a direct comparison bewteen two things that are not truly alike. In scene 2, Romeo utters the famours line: “But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and Juliet is the sun.” The metaphor compares the sun and Juliet.
Imagery Word pictures that appeal to the five senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell) and add emotion ans power to the writing. Romeo emphasizes the exuberant and uplifting nature of his love for Juliet with this visal image: “With love’s light wings did I o’erpech these walls.
Soliloquy It is a longer speach that reveals the innermost feelings of a character who speaks it- just as if the character were speaking to himself or herself. Usually, the character is alone on the stage. If other characters are present, they do not “hear” the speach. One of the most famous soliloquies in drama is Hamlet’s “to be or not to be” speech, in which he argues with himself about the value of life.
Malapropism A comical mistake uttered by certain characters. For example, Juliet’s nurse uses “confidence” when she means “conference.”
Pun A play on words that have similar sounds but more thsn one possible spelling or meaning.When the Nurse says of Juliet, “That shall she, marry,” she means both “enter marriage” and “I swear!”
Chided Criticized; scolded
Confounds Confused; obscures
Conjure Call up: summon
Discourses Talks; speaks
Driveling Chattering; jabbering
Exposition Display; demonstration
Idolatry Worship; adoration
Impute Blame; attribute
Intercession Asking a favor of; intervention
Lamentable Unfortunate; regrettable
Perjuries Lies; swearing to what is untrue
Rancor Hatred; hostility
Repose Calm; peacfulness
Sallow Sicky; pale

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