Monica CzajkowskiMs. ConsalvoEnglish 1 Honors19 January 2018Romeo and Juliet First Meeting In one of the most notorious love stories of all time, ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ written by William Shakespeare, the reader can easily tell the literary elements being made use of to develop the theme of young love and how it can spring from hatred. One of the elements used to show readers the first meeting between Romeo and Juliet is tone as well as imagery. The tone throughout the sonnet is well distributed as somewhat dramatic, almost as if it was the end of the world. “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night,” Romeo exclaims as he spots Juliet from across the grand hall at the ball. The reader can tell that Romeo is very dramatic about what he says, and although what he says may be true, the tone used to portray this is definitely one that is not necessarily used today. Romeo continues with his dramatic spiel saying, “It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night/ Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear/ Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!” This further shows the dramatic tone Romeo uses to portray his newfound love for Juliet. Another well used literary element in this notorious sonnet is imagery. When the two were eager to kiss Romeo says, taking Juliet’s hand, “My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand/To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.” This helps the reader set the scene in their heads; this is because of the adjectives used to describe the setting, and what went down. In addition, this compares something that readers might not necessarily know (lips) to something they are a bit more familiar with (two blushing pilgrims). Romeo expresses as he gazes into Juliet’s eyes, “They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair,” and Juliet then responds, “Saints do not move, though grant for prayers sake.” The dialogue between the two teenagers describe the pair’s kiss to something more common, just like the previous set of quotes. In addition, the adjectives and comparisons used to make these statements certainly help the reader set the scene of what it would’ve looked like if it were to happen in front of their eyes. Young love can be described and portrayed in many different styles and ideas, however, Shakespeare does this by using a variety of literary elements. More specifically, Romeo and Juliet uses imagery and tone to evoke the feeling of this young love to readers. Even though the tone of the whole sonnet is dramatic, Romeo and Juliet are dramatic about each other and for the love that they share.