Dramatic Irony In Romeo And Juliet Essay

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From the very beginning of the play, Shakespeare, is holding fate to blame for the death of the two lovers. In the line “from forth the fatal loins of these two foes a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life” foreshadowing, metaphor and alliteration are used to show how Romeo and Juliet’s love would end in tragedy. Foreshadowing is used to create suspense leading to a later scene in the play where the lover’s suicide. The metaphor “star-crossed lovers” suggest the prophetic alignments of the stars are against them. The lovers are ill-fated from the start. Furthermore, alliteration is used to emphasize the woeful fate of Romeo and Juliet, “From forth the fatal loins of these two foes”. The repetitions of the “t” and “f” sounds highlight…show more content…
After receiving their help the serving man invites them to the Capulet’s party, “and, if you be not / of the house of Montague’s, I pray come and crush a / cup of wine”. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony in this line as the audience, unlike the other characters are aware of the fact that Romeo is a Montague. The use of this technique to is to put the audience above the other characters and forces them to anticipate the moment when the other characters will find out the truth. It was by fate that the serving man chose Romeo and Benvolio out of all people to assist him in reading an invite to the Capulet’s party.

From the beginning play, Romeo is shown to have a special relationship with fate, which is illustrated by the several visions he as of his unfortunate death. In the line “Some consequence yet hanging in the stars… by some vile forfeit of untimely death” Shakespeare uses foreshadowing to show that fate is controlling the lives of his lovers. Foreshadowing is used as a way to develop dramatic tension leading to the revelation of Romeo and Juliet’s tragic deaths. Therefore the dream Romeo had leads him to believe that he will die young because of something in the stars, something that is beyond his control,
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