Romeo and Juliet’s relationship has often been romanticized as being authentic while his love for Rosaline has been depicted as being a superficial infatuation. This is what many die-hard romantics want to believe; however, the text represents Romeo’s love for Rosaline as a genuine one—at least on Romeo’s part. In the beginning of the play, Romeo lashes out at love’s cruelty as do many heartbroken individuals. In Act I Scene I, the depressed Romeo describes love as a deadly poison, a smoke, a swollen sea, a madness, and a choking gall. When he describes love as a “smoke,” this evokes images of a choking black cloud of doom. Everyone who has tasted the bitterness of love knows how gloomy the world feels. Romeo’s hurt stems from authentic feelings
True love is a defendable emotion worth personally sacrificing for. In William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo Montague falls in love with Juliet Capulet, the Capulets being revivals of the Montague family. In the late 1400’s, when the two families are fighting, there is a strict, no contact pact between the two families set by the Prince of the town they reside in: Verona, Italy. From meeting and marrying Juliet, illegally returning from Mantua out of exile to see his supposedly dead wife, and taking his own life to be in heaven where she appears to be, Romeo shows that he is truly in love with Juliet and that he is willing to do anything to be with her. Romeo’s heart drives him to make, at times, irrational decisions to be with his one true love.
Juxtaposition is defined as a side by side contrast. Shakespeare uses this literary device throughout many of his works to demonstrate the intricacies of his characters. He uses juxtaposition in Romeo and Juliet to show the chararcters’ complexity and inner conflict.
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.
In William Shakespeare’s timeless play Romeo and Juliet, two star crossed lovers are faced with great adversity as they hide their romance from their feuding families. As author James Lane Allen once said, “Adversity does not build character, it reveals it”. Romeo, a Montague, struggles to hide his love for the Capulet daughter, Juliet, from his family and friends. The challenge of lying to his closest companions, and going against his family’s ways to secretly marry Juliet causes Romeo to act erratically and carelessly. Throughout Act 3 Scene One, Shakespeare exposes the lovestruck Romeo’s mercurial nature and impulsivity through his thoughtless actions.
Figurative language helps add dimension to writing. Authors incorporate oxymorons, and juxtapositions into their writings when indirectly characterizing. When reading sentences with figurative language in them, it makes it feel like the characters are real life people. William Shakespeare’s characters in Romeo and Juliet are more interesting because they have more real life dialogue filled with figurative language. William Shakespeare makes his characters complex by incorporating oxymorons and juxtapositions.
How does Shakespeare’s Portrayal of Romeo and Juliet’s relationship become so captivating for the audience?
Author Stieg Larsson once wrote, “Impulsive actions led to trouble, and trouble could have unpleasant consequences.” In the play Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, each characters have a flaw that are used against their circumstances. Very rarely does a character in this story thought about the consequences of their actions before they did something, resulting in devastating outcomes. Granted, the main characters of the story have a noticeable weakness that contributes to their tragic ends. Romeo and Juliet both have a fatal flaw of being too impulsive when it comes to love and decisions.
In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare presents a story that provides many suspects as to who ultimately causes the disastrous suicide of the two young lovers. Despite being a grown man, Romeo is depicted as someone who is exceedingly unstable, dramatic and even impetuous in times of emotional distress. As a result of Romeo acting before he thinks, he tends to have a disregard for social boundaries. In Romeo’s relationships, he rejects the social standards at the time. Romeo’s disregard for established social boundaries in relationships, ultimately leads to the deaths of the lovers because Romeo adores Rosaline, a Capulet, goes to a Capulet party, and marries Juliet, who is also a Capulet.
In William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo’s love and loyalty for Juliet is proven, but his impulsive and foolish acts later lead to the tragic death of both himself and his one true love. Romeo shows his loyalty for Juliet by never wanting to spend a moment without her, but it’s that loyalty, that turns into impulsiveness. Because he never wants to be without Juliet, Romeo makes many decision that are viewed as foolish. He makes his choices depending on Juliet and not himself. He tends to forget that his actions do have consequences, and his consequences not only hurt himself, but the others around him.
Particularly, in Act two, scene two, Romeo’s reckless behavior helps the reader realize the fact that his preference of death over separation from Juliet is caused by him being head over heels in love with Juliet. In the story, when Romeo is hiding in Capulet’s orchard, he disregards the fact that he and Juliet’s families are enemies. When Juliet learns of Romeos presence, she states “If they do see thee, they will murder thee.”(Line 70). Unmoved by this, he claims that “My life were better ended by their hate than death prorogued, wanting of thy love.”(Line 77) In contrast, Juliet is cautious in this scene because she fears that their love is too sudden as
Does a parent's personality affect their child's personality? Some children act exactly like their parents while some act completely differently. In Shakespeare’s most well-known play Romeo and Juliet, Juliet makes many confusing choices during the duration of the play. In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is influenced by Lord Capulet which plays a dramatic role in the play
In Shakespeare’s tragic play, Romeo and Juliet, we see Romeo as an emotionally erratic character. He had deliberately separated himself from family affairs, and seeks out others who can romantically love him and understand his emotional nature. Secondly, he is spontaneous in his actions; he wants to find someone who loves him, and wants to be in a secure relationship. Lastly, he has very intense emotions, and tends to view the world through his heart, not his head, as evidenced in the extreme sadness he feels when his love for Rosaline is not reciprocated, and the deep passion he feels for Juliet.
“Why do traditional English teachers force students to read a story that is over 400 years old? What could this play possibly have to do with us?” It’s a question teenagers ask time and again. Well, the tragedy Romeo and Juliet is a perfect example of why we continue to study Shakespeare’s work. While the story may be written in a language that’s foreign to contemporary audiences, the story itself doesn’t age. In fact, upon initial observation, one would probably not place a real-life 21st century lynching and the play Romeo and Juliet in to the same category; however, the two stories share striking similarities.
Indirect characterization is where the character’s personality is revealed through their actions, speech, or appearance. Using different figurative language techniques, lets the readers dig deeper into the different characters. In the play Romeo and Juliet, the author, William Shakespeare, uses a countless amount of juxtaposition to go into more depth of each character. Shakespeare uses juxtaposition as indirect characterization to explain the complexity of the character's personalities.