William Shakespeare uses a variety of literary devices to show the meaning and significance of the certain actions and thoughts during the plot of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet are two lovers that come from families that induce hatred and hostility towards each other. The feud eventually leads to death of family and friends, which results in banishment for the love struck Romeo. In Juliet's distress, pretends to be dead with the help of Friar Lawrence. Romeo's belief that his love has perished, decides to suicide inevitably causing Juliet to do the same when she sees her dead partner after awakening. Shakespeare uses personification, metaphor, and repetition to reveal that love and happiness do not prevail in the presence
Juliet refers to her and Romeo’s relationship as a bud, waiting to flower in the spring. “ This bud of love, by summers ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.”(II,ii, 121-122). As with real flowers, many of these buds do not survive throughout the cold and harsh winter, awaiting spring. The same occurred with the star-crossed lovers’ relationship. Through hardship between the two families, death struck the children. A relationship such as that in the play is only bound for failure. The power of love found is only strong enough for the two youths, but not for their respective houses. The only power that is strong enough to end this is death. Unfortunately, death can not come with joy. Flowers that die under pestilence or malnourishment are gone without a trace. That is the only difference between them and the lovers. In the last scene of the play, the Lords of both families promise to dedicate each others child with a gold statue. “In man as well as herbs, grace and rude will/; and where the worser is predominant/, full soon the canker death eats up that plant”(II,iii,32-34). Friar Lawrence concludes his speech with these lines. Shakespeare used a method of foreshadowing to loom the finale of the play. The Friar relates the herbs and plants in nature to man. He states that grace and rude will of man both exist, with the rude will being the stronger of the two. These are intertwined in the analogy of medicine and
Figurative language is often used in many pieces of writing. The use of figurative language adds color, along with other numerous elements to the writing. Even themes can be advanced through the use of figurative language. Of course, this is not something unheard of, as Shakespeare himself used figurative language to advance certain themes in his writing, “Romeo and Juliet” -- a writing which dates back to the late 1500’s. Within the play/writing, “Romeo and Juliet”, the theme: “brutality of love” is quite evident through the use of figurative language types: personification, simile, and metaphor, as they are used to advance the theme.
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.
William Shakespeare’s, Romeo and Juliet, provides great foils for the main character, Romeo. Shakespeare includes many foils throughout his stories to make his character’s emotions, attitude, and characteristics more apparent. Romeo’s character traits, lovestruck, cowardness, and emotional are highlighted through his foils, best friend Mercutio, and enemy, Tybalt. Romeo’s foils help to make his character’s personality stronger and clear.
In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, young love takes Romeo on a roller coaster of different emotions from agonizing heartbreak to infatuating joy Romeo aches for his first love Rosaline as she tears his heart out of his body causing Romeo to feel a gaping hole in his chest and the act of depression. As well as this, Romeo finds joy in meeting his second love Juliet soon after who he is physically attracted to and will do anything to prove his undying magical love for her.
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.
When Romeo mentions, “O brawling love! O loving hate!”, it portrays that love is a hateful and rough emotion, when it should be a nice, peaceful, and sweet feeling. Also, when he says, “Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms”, that can refer to a woman's beauty and the chaotic and painful feeling that comes with loving a woman that does not love you back. In the last line, Romeo expresses that, because his love for Rosaline is not mutual, the love he is feeling is very painful, rough and confusing. Therefore, Romeo expresses his feelings of love as a feeling of torment, because of Rosaline’s rejection. In other words, Romeo is emotionally heartbroken,
He believes that Juliet’s family is “no let” to him. To Romeo, if Juliet would “look…but sweet,” he would be “proof against their [Juliet’s kinsmen] enmity.” Romeo ignores the threat of being killed and instead claims he is protected by love. His behavior can be compared to a child who is oblivious to the dangers around them and does things based on their immature conceptions of the world. This behavior is further carried out when Romeo uses a simile about schoolboys and their books, saying that “love goes toward love” like schoolboys do to their books, but “from love, towards school with heavy looks.” Romeo is being immature with the use of this simile, comparing himself to schoolboys. He blatantly and immaturely ignores the fact that he needs to leave or he will risk being caught and
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.
Passion is a powerful emotion that plays a huge part in the decisions we make. Passion may seem beneficial, but ultimately leads to destruction, and it doesn't matter whether it is love or hate both can make an individual reckless and blind. In William Shakespeare's play “Romeo and Juliet”, many of the characters make rash choices because passion interferes with their capability to reason and this not only affects the individual but also others around them. This thesis will be proven by the analysis of Romeo, Tybalt, Mercutio, actions that are driven by passionate love or hate and how it has affected the other characters of the play. The power of passionate love is illustrated in the play through Romeo’s love for Rosaline and Juliet, which let him to make certain decisions
Romeo and Juliet was one of the most memorable play and novel written by William Shakespeare. It follows the story of two star-crossed lovers named, Romeo And Juliet. Unable to be wed or even talk or see each other due to their parents rivalry, the Montagues and the Capulets. Throughout the play, Shakespeare makes allusions that the reader can make connections to the allusions which are love stories, mythical beings, etc. These allusions made by the writer can also help the reader understand the overall main focus of the story, not just make connections. These connections can also be used to relate to most, if not, all people. These are just a few examples that the techniques a writer uses are intentionally chosen to enhance and enrich their own writing.
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.
Romeo and Juliet is a play created by William Shakespeare to conceptualize his idea of the highest form of love. This play is meant to show, through example, what real love is; and the desperate measures one would take to maintain such love. Love through Shakespeare’s vision is meant to be the ultimate emotion, the one feeling which one would risk their very being to possess. Shakespeare captures that feeling in the final scene of the play when Romeo and Juliet both end their own lives when they believe they will never feel such powerful love again. However, this “suicide impulse” that both Juliet and Romeo exhibit does not relate to the play’s theme of the highest form of love, but it relates to another theme in the play: the theme of young,
Every key moment or big event in one’s life affects them in one way or another. The result of this can be good, bad or a combination of both. These moments have the power to make changes in one's life that cannot be reversed. The tragic love story Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is a good example, as both Romeo and Juliet’s lives are never the same after meeting each other at the ball. After meeting Juliet, Romeo is transformed from being depressed and sorrowful to joyful and carefree. Juliet is shown to have shifted her loyalty from her family to her beloved. These developments prove how key moments in one's life can change a person and have a big impact on their life.