Romeo and Juliet

Double Speak

Find some examples of some characters' double speak. Identify the two ways that each of your examples can be taken and discuss the significance of using this type of language

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I am not sure what you mean by double speak, but let's try this:

Juliet:  The more I give to thee, the more I have.  This line is said when she professes her love for Romeo on the balcony; in other words, "It is in giving that we receive."  Such paradox offers deep meaning when it is filled with emotion.

Romeo:  "Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized."  - He is saying that he will take a new name because that is what baptism symbolizes in his world.  That is when a child's name is given so he is saying that her love will make him an entirely new person.