Doubleness In Romeo And Juliet

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In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love. Act 3, Scene 2 reveals a conversation between Juliet and the Nurse about the death of Tybalt. The Nurse discloses that Romeo killed Tybalt and Juliet begins to question Romeo’s character, describing him as things such as “beautiful tyrant” (III.ii. 81). Juliet uses figures of speech such as metaphor and oxymoron to help show an overall theme of value and doubleness.
Romeo is viewed by Juliet as a “serpent heart hid with a flowering face.” (III.ii.79) Juliet uses metaphor to make an implicit comparison between a snake and Romeo, implying that Romeo is deceiving and is not who he seems to be. Similarly, Juliet uses oxymoron to create an extreme emotional effect to highlight her internal dilemma by juxtaposing
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Value is a person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgement of what is important in life. In the story, Romeo and Juliet value death more than life it means that they will not be able to be together forever. For example, Juliet proclaims “Vile earth, to earth resign. End motion here. And thou and Romeo press one heavy bier.” (III.ii.60-61) In Act 3, Scene 3 Romeo much rather be dead than be banished and Friar Lawrence explains how ungrateful he is to be alive and that Juliet still loves him. Similarly, in Act 4, Scene 3 where Juliet is about to take the sleeping potion, she expresses how she would not mind if the potion killed her or caused her to go insane, but if she was alive and well she kill herself immediately. Doubleness is also part of theme in the story. Doubleness is deception or dissimulation. When Mercutio gets stabbed by Tybalt he says “Ay, ay, a scratch; marry ‘tis enough/ Where is my page? Go, villain. fetch a surgeon.” (III.i.93-94) This shows doubleness because Mercutio is severely injured, but tells everyone that he is fine, but he oblivious to his imminent
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