In literature, language helps bring structure. In act 2 scene 2, of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo climbs over the orchard wall and meets Juliet at her balcony talking to herself, they start talking to each other and decide to get married the next day. This is an important scene because it shows Romeo and Juliet’s love and how strong their love is for each other. Williams Shakespeare’s language in act 2 scene 2 in Romeo and Juliet reveals Romeo and Juliet as being lovers and constructs the theme of love being powerful to controls people’s actions.
In The Sound of Waves, chapter1and 2 Shinji sees a girl and wonders who she is and when he goes fishing he learns that she is, Hatsue, the daughter of the richest man on the island. This is an important scene because it reveals Shinjis background. In The Sound of Waves Yukio Mishima’s language revealsShinji’s background as being poor, isolated, and loyal. Language helps develop background, relationships, and theme in these stories. In Romeo and Juliet, the balcony scene helps reveal character relationship of Romeo and Juliet as being lovers.
Romeo first shows that he loves Juliet when he sees Juliet talking to herself at her balcony. “It is the east and Juliet is the Sun. Arise fair Sun, and kill the envious moon” (2. 2. 3-4). Romeo is comparing Juliet to the Sun, which is the center of the universe. One can thus see that Juliet is the center of Romeo’s universe. The Sun is said to give life, to Romeo, Juliet gives him life. Showing Romeo is madly in love with Romeo. Romeo and Juliet love each other for who they are. Later on Juliet starts to talk about Romeo being a Montague. “What is a name?
That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet” (2. 2. 46-47). Juliet doesn’t care about Romeo being a Montague because his name doesn’t change the person he is. Juliet says the same about a rose, even if a rose wasn’t called a rose it would still smell just the same. Romeo and Juliet are lovers and don’t care about the rivalry of their families. Once Romeo and Juliet start talking, Juliet starts to express her love for Romeo. “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep. The more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite” (2. . 138-142). Juliet is using hyperbole to express the amount of love she has for Romeo to the depth of the sea. Juliet has fallen head over heels for Romeo because she keeps on expressing how much love she has for him. Romeo and Juliet’s relationship is expressed thought language as being true lovers which impacts their actions in the play.
In Romeo and Juliet act 2 scene 2 helps establish the theme of love being so powerful that it drives people’s actions. When Juliet sees Romeo at her balcony she ask him how he got here, Romeo says. With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls, for limits cannot hold love out, and what love can do, that dares love attempt. Therefore thy kinsmen are no stop to me” (2. 2. 71-74). Romeo is effacuated over Juliet that he fears nothing. By saying “Thy kingsmen are no stop to me” it shows that love is powerful because it influences Romeo’s action even if the action is dangerous. Soon after Juliet tells Romeo it is dangerous to be there but Romeo says. “I have night’s cloak to hide me from their eyes, and, but thou love, let them find me here.
My life were better ended by their hate than death porogued, wanting of thy love. ” (2. 2. 80-83). Romeo’s saying that the night will hide him which is a motif in the play of night being secretive. If Juliet doesn’t love him, let the kinsmen find him because he’d rather die than not have Juliet love him. This shows that love is powerful because Romeo is willing to take an enormous action if Juliet doesn’t love him which shows how love has captivated him. Juliet ask Romeo how he knew to come here to see her, he says. “By love, that first did prompt me to inquire.
He lent me counsel, and I lent him eyes. I am no pilot; yet, wert thou as far as that vast shore [wash’d] with the farthest sea ,I would adventure for such merchandise” (2. 2. 85-89). Romeo is saying how love has brought him here and that he would do anything to have Juliet even if it means risking his life. This shows love taking control of Romeo’s actions, even if the action is risky he will still do it just so he can have Juliet which shows how strong love is. Shakespeare using language to express the theme of the play is important because it creates the theme and gives examples of it being used.
In The Sound of Waves chapter 2 language helps develop Shinji’s background as being poor, isolated, and loyal. Shingi is coming back from his job and Mishima starts to describe Shinji’s house. “Shinji’s mother and brother had been awaiting his return in the small room lit by a dim lamp hanging over the cookstove” (Mishima, 11). Shinji lives in a poor place because he’s living space is small and doesn’t have too much in his house. Shinji’s is poor because he is the only one providing for his family. “Surrounded though he was by the vast ocean, Shinji did not especially burn with impossible dreams of great adventure across the seas.
His fisherman’s conception of the sea was close to that of the farmer for his land” (Mishima, 19). Shingi is portrayed as isolated because he doesn’t care of the outside world. Shinji has no intentions of exploring the world, but does spark an interest after meeting House. Shinji worked as a fisherman as soon as he could. “The Boy had become a fisherman as soon as he finished school. And since then had made it a point to take part of the day’s catch to the lighthouse from time to time” (Mishima 9). Shinji gives to the lighthouse because they helped him pass school, also showing that he is not to smart.
Shinji is loyal because he is paying respect to people that have helped him. Shinji’s background is important because it reveals his character and explains why he is different from Chiyoko and Yasuo and why they have conflict. In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet he uses language to develop the relationships of characters and the theme which is important because it starts to play a bigger role in the later stages of the play. In The Sound of Waves Mishima uses language to setup the background story of Shinji which is important because you can see how their background effects what type of conflict they have.
Shakespeare uses figurative language and imagery, this adds more meaning behind the meaning of what the character is saying. The reader should care because it affects the actions of the characters. Mishima uses imagery and diction, this adds an explanation to the conflict. The reader should care because it shows the progression of that character and helps understand them better. Both Mishima and Shakespeare use language to help explain the motive of their characters and personality, which builds up a stronger story.