7th March 2017

Shakespeares Metaphor Use

How does Shakespeare use metaphor to show Romeos inner thoughts in act 1 scene 4 of Romeo and Juliet?

“…He that hath steerage of my course, direct my sail…”.                                           -comparing himself to a boat captained by god.

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare uses many different metaphors to show the inner workings of the characters mind. In act 1 scene 4, Romeo talks about a bad dream that he had saying that something bad would begin that night, and it would lead to his “untimely” death.

In this scene, Romeo says “he that hath steerage of my course, direct my sail”. Shakespeare used  this metaphor to present Romeo as a ship by using language like “steerage” , “course” and “sail”, He expressed by using a capital “H” in “He”, that god is the captain of the ship.

In this metaphor, Shakespeare is explaining that Romeo is going to give himself to the path that he believes god has made for him.

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