Imagery is the use of descriptive language to create an image in the minds of the readers.  Shakespeare uses many kinds of images in his play.  Here are 4 kinds of imagery we find frequently in Romeo and Juliet:

Metaphor: describing something by comparing it to something else without the use of “like” or “as”

e.g. “My love is a red, red rose”  The speaker isn’t in love with a flower, but is comparing the beauty of his love to a red rose.

Simile: describing something by comparing it to something else using “like” or

“as” e.g. “My love is like a red, red rose” The speaker is saying his love is as beautiful as a red rose

Personification: giving some inanimate (not living) object human abilities and qualities

e.g. “The trees reached their arms toward the sky”

Oxymoron: using contrasting, contradictory ideas to describe something.  We saw many examples of this when we first met Romeo in Act 1.

The Motif of Fair and Foul in Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Classical allusion: a reference to a person, place or event from myth. Shakespeare uses both Greek and Roman mythological references.

e.g. references to being hit with Cupid’s arrow in Act 1

Cite this article as: William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team), "ROMEO AND JULIET ACT 2, SCENE 2 IMAGERY," in SchoolWorkHelper, 2019,

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