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Double-talk

Double-talk

open to various interpretation; has more than one meaning

Act 3, Scene 5

Romeo leaves Juliet final farewell

Lady Capulet informs Juliet that she is to be married to Paris

Juliet refuses the marriage

p. 82, ll. 68-69: - Romeo left Juliet is crying

Lady Capulet: Why, how now, Juliet!Juliet: Madam, I am not well.Lady Capulet: Evermore weeping for your cousins death?

- Lady Capulet assumes that Juliet cries because of Tybalts death- reader knows the actual reason J. is sad because R. left- J. lies about sorrow love to R. must stay secret

l. 74

Lady Capulet: Some grief shows much of love, But much of grief shows still some want of wit.Juliet: Yet let me weep for such a feeling loss.

- Juliet refers to Tybalts death- reader could also think she means Romeo she just lost him because he left she misses him

l. 93- Lady Capulet wants to take revenge on Romeo for killing Tybalt

Lady Capulet: []That [Romeo] shall soon keep Tybalt company, And then, I hope, thou wilt be satisfied.Juliet: Indeed, I never shall be satisfied With Romeo, till I behold him dead

- creates 2 meanings: 1. for her mother 2. conveys her true feelings- dash in front of dead special emphasize- without dead: there is nothing more dear than seeing R. again confesses love!- dead added: wants Romeo dead corrects herself because her mother must not know her true feelings hides her love by double-talking- foreshadowing Romeos death

Why Shakespeare uses double-talk in Romeo and Juliet- to create comic scenes / comic relief- humor acts as a balance to the tragedy in the play- to amuse the audience/hold their interest groundlings had fun and at the same time other people were not offended (cf. role of the theatre in Elizabethan times / Elizabethan audiences)

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