Examples Of Figurative Language In Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet, who were brought up in rivaling houses, fall irrationally and madly in love. They elope, but Juliet is supposed to marry someone else. She plots to escape with Romeo, by faking her death but he never receives the note with this information. Romeo believes Juliet is dead when he finds her, and kills himself; Juliet joins him when she wakes up to his corpse. Author William Shakespeare writes the play in a way that constantly reminds the audience that the lovers were doomed from the start and their fate is to never be together. The utilization of figurative language enables the text to be interpreted multiple ways, allowing audiences to understand his words in different ways. In Romeo and Juliet, the author William Shakespeare …show more content…

A lovestruck Romeo notices there has been an encounter in the town between serving men of opposing houses and he paradoxically talks about how even though there was hate and violence, rooted at the bottom of the conflict there was love. Using strategically placed language Shakespeare creates a paradox when he juxtaposes two words in order to explain the relationship they have with each other. For instance, he writes, “O brawling love, O loving hate” (1.1.181). Shakespeare juxtaposes “loving” and “hate” in order to imply that one cannot have one without the other which creates a paradox, contradicting the idea of love being only a happy subject. If a person falls deeply in love with something there is also a hate that comes with that love. Love is bipolar and on one side there is this mushy and happy subject but on the other is this scary, powerful, and violent force. The violence that occured was caused by the love the serving men have for their houses. They felt so passionately that their house was better that it caused a feud between the two of them. Today one can track this understanding of the start of wars and conflicts. People feel an immense love for whatever they believe in and that no one else should be able to feel otherwise. The love they feel is very scary and powerful because it causes violence. Later in the play, Shakespeare employs the diction of insanity and madness in order to present Romeo as having fell under the spell of love for Juliet. Specifically, Romeo uses the words, “Beseech,” “Fury,” “Madman,” and “Sin” (5.3. 58-67). The tone of those words are madness and insanity, which Shakespeare creates to show that Romeo has become a crazy person caused by the effects of love. Romeo’s body and mind have been driven insane by the love he feels, deepening the meaning of love crazy. In this scene

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