Shakespeare frequently uses examples of terms of contrast to create indirect characterization in Romeo and Juliet. Juliet uses her terms of contrast to indirectly characterize herself as romantic and Romeo as perfect, but when she is betrayed by him, Juliet characterizes Romeo as an untrustworthy traitor. She uses an example of juxtaposition when she remarks, “thou day in night” about Romeo (3.2.17). Juliet’s juxtaposition characterizes Romeo as perfect because it shows him as being the only light in
William Shakespeare consistently uses language that displays celestial imagery in order to explore enduring themes such as love, loss, destiny and vengeance throughout his classic play Romeo and Juliet. The uses of imagery that Romeo uses bequeath not only the idea of fate, but meaningful symbols and metaphors to successfully convey the despair that the lover’s face in a way that we ourselves can feel their lust as well as their anguish. Throughout the play, Shakespeare uses imagery to portray the adoration and love Romeo has for Juliet using language to compare her to all that illuminates. Here Romeo professes, Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven, Having some business, do entreat her eyes To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
William Shakespeare included metaphors in his play Romeo And Juliet to explain the relationship between Romeo and Juliet while enhancing the reader's experience. When Romeo comes to the Capulet ball he immediately notices Juliet and her beauty. When Romeo first sees Juliet he already lets her know his love for her, “If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine, the gentle sin is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with my tender kiss” (1.5.104-107). Romeo compares himself to Pilgrims and the way Pilgrims worship a holy shrine, saying how much he worships Juliet. This lets the audience know how to should appreciate any lover but not go to the extent of worshipping them.
The Friar detects pure infatuation between Romeo and Juliet as exposed in his commentary to them. The Friar acknowledges Romeo’s quick shifting his infatuation from Rosaline over to Juliet by pointing out, “So soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies / Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.” (A2, S3, L73-74). The Friar states that Romeo is not in love at all, but rather developed an admiration determined by appearance. Along with comforting Romeo for the punishment he received, the Friar adds, “This is dear mercy, and thou seest it not.” (A3, S3, L31).
He was entertaining and the turning point for the main theme that climaxed the bliss and tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. With Mercutio being such a skeptic, he mocks love and makes fun of his best friend Romeo when he finds out he has fallen in love with a Capulet; Mercutio states “Romeo, Humors! Madman! Passion! Lover!
As Romeo’s complete opposite, or foil, Mercutio often mocks the romance Romeo longs for, focusing instead on the physical aspects of love. For example, when Romeo becomes lovesick for his old flame, Mercutio teases the idea with, “If love be rough with you, be rough with love; / Prick love for pricking and you beat love down” (Rom.I.4.27,28). Sarcastic and carefree jokes such as this one
This shows that he is infatuated by her beauty rather than who she really is. Another way Romeo’s tragic flaw shows in his character is that he tends to act on impulse and doesn't think before he speaks. Romeo is also occasionally dramatic and falls into depression if one does simply not love him. Romeo portrays this behavior when he states “Tut, I have lost myself. I am not here/This is not Romeo.
In Shakespeare’s, “Romeo and Juliet” Friar Laurence is to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths because he is devious and has a poor planning ability. Friar Laurence is to blame because of his devious and secretive nature. First, Friar Laurence agrees to perform a forbidden marriage without Romeo and Juliet’s family’s approval. Friar Laurence states, “In one respect, I’ll thy assistant to be; For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your household’s rancor to pure love” (Shakespeare 1031). This quote displays Friar Laurence’s devious nature because he had agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet, thinking that it would solve the rivalry between the two families even though it was against who he was, his morals, and his religion.
Without thinking, Romeo and Juliet became victims of their own love chargeable to Friar Lawrence, young age and fate. First, I believe Friar Laurence is to blame is of how unfaithful he was throughout the story. For example, “But come, young waverer, come, go with me. In one respect I'll thy assistant be, for this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households' rancor to pure love.” (2.3.96-99). This shows that Friar Laurence doesn't believe that Romeo's love for Juliet is authentic, but he agrees to marry them anyway.
Shakespeare uses disguise in the play to show several confusions and internal conflicts between the characters, proving how malleable and deluded some human attractions can be. Shakespeare uses Viola (Cesario) as an example of a mechanism that can throw internal conflicts into temporary chaos. Viola willingly faces whatever comes in her way. Her love for Duke Orsino seems too constant and true, unlike the other characters in the play. The temporary chaos of the play is when Viola falls in love with Orsino, who falls in love with Olivia, who on the other hand falls in love with Viola’s disguise, Cesario.