William Shakespeare's Use of Language to Invoke Imagination

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William Shakespeare's Use of Language to Invoke Imagination

The English language is a way to write and speak that helps us see a motive or point in a piece of writing. Depending what style an author uses, whether if it tells the detail of a situation or descriptive of an object, the author tries to "paint" a picture into the reader’s mind that may seem imaginative, analytic, expressive, or judgmental. Writing styles that involve imagination or a hyperbolic phrase is the best way to develop that image. The brush that most imaginatively paints the color on to the paper is the figurative language.

Figurative language stimulates the reader’s imagination since authors explain details so that one subject can be compared to another. Another positive feature of figurative language is that it helps the readers understand what the author is trying to say without any confusion comprehend complicated ideas. Using metaphors and hyperbolic verbalisms, the author enhances the reader’s enjoyment and raises interest in the character’s themselves. In addition, similes can describe a characters persona. For example, when Iago states that "Your heart is burst. You have lost half your soul," (I.1.96) the reader must use his imagination to fully understand its intentions. As Iago points this out to Brabantio, he is implying that Brabantio’s heart + soul must be broken since he had lost his daughter to an undesirable moor. The reader, who infers the deep significance of the hyperbole realizes the suffering that Brabantio must be going through. Two metaphors also invite readers, making a reference to her white and his moor background of their races, he exclaims that "…an old black ram is tupping your white ewe."(I.1.97) Portraying Othello,...

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...ed on the whole excerpt. Another example of Iago speaking in evaluative language is when he states "Lay thy finger, thus and let thy soul be instructed … she first loved the Moor but for bragging …"(II.1.242-270) This quote discusses the way Roderigo should look at Desdemona, doing such a sinful act. Evaluative Language is not all that bad if it were to be compared to any of the three, but it is still apparent that figurative language is much better because of the amount of detail given in a sentence or two.

Laconic language is a way an author sugarcoats an insult from on character to another, by saying one thing, but not directly saying the particular words. Laconic terminology can be very interesting, but it has similar flaws as the other two did, officious and evaluative. All three did not have enough detail, but did arise opinions from the characters.

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