Arguably William Shakespeare’s most famous play, Romeo and Juliet follows two star-crossed lovers who struggle to hide their love from their feuding families. Much like how Shakespeare explores both the differences and the relationship between the Capulets and the Montagues, the play highlights the correspondence of opposing themes through three characters named Mercutio, Benvolio, and Tybalt, Romeo’s two friends and sworn enemy. Shakespeare includes Romeo’s counterparts to distinguish his unique personality and to emphasize relationships between major contrasting subjects in the play: comedy and tragedy, peace and conflict, and love and anger. Mercutio acts as both Romeo’s foil and the donor of much light-hearted humor within the play, which contrasts the tragic events that inevitably occur. As Romeo’s complete opposite, or foil, Mercutio often mocks the romance Romeo longs for, focusing instead on the physical aspects of love.
The play Much Ado About Nothing is arguably one of the greatest comedies written by William Shakespeare. In the play, Shakespeare brings out common themes of deception, shaming, and love. In particular, two riveting characters Claudio and Hero are brought together with love by the assistance of Don Pedro who is a prince from Aragon. Throughout the play the relationship between Claudio and Hero drastically changes as a result of many different reasons. While Don Pedro wooing Hero for Claudio helps win over her heart, it greatly affects the relationship between Hero and Claudio.
William Shakespeare once wrote, “It is not in the stars to hold people’s destiny but in themselves.” Despite the depth of an ancient family feud, Romeo and Juliet pursued their love together, considered by some to be infatuated, even when given many obstacles to overcome. Rather than live without one another, the two teens took their lives to put the everlasting feud to a halt. Romeo and Juliet are victims of destiny, star-crossed lovers whose death’s are inevitable of doom due to their lack of approval from society, passion of love, and unfortunate luck. The two lovers are victims of destiny because of their lack of approval from society, especially from their family. In Romeo and Juliet, the Montague family and the Capulet family hold a strong grudge toward one another, just a glance in one’s direction causes great exasperation.
Specifically, William Shakespeare used the literary device named foil. The foil technique is when the author contrasts the two characters in their character traits or personalities to create conflict or to create comic relief. In the play, there are two main families that are centered, the Capulets and the Montagues. These two families have always been at odds with each other. This causes most of the drama throughout the play.
Throughout the course of A Midsummer Night 's Dream, we continue to see William Shakespeare 's fascination with tragic romance. The romance between Hermia and Lysander, for example, depicts the couple as desperate and willing to do anything in order to be together, even in death. This, of course, is a reflection of Shakespeare 's most famous play, Romeo and Juliet. In fact, the dialogue between Hermia and Lysander at the end of Act I Scene I, If then true lovers have been ever crossed It stands as an edict of destiny Russ Mcdonald and Lena Cowen Orlin, eds., The Bedford Shakespeare: Based on the New Cambridge Shakespeare Edition (Boston and New York: Bedford/St. Martin 's, 2015),1.1, pp.352 , is a subtle reminder of the events in Romeo and
Deception, defiance and double meanings are what make Shakespeare’s plays the great wonder that they are today. Shakespearian is known as the most poetic, romantic and comic form of play writing, however each play has strong morals and meanings in them. One of Shakespeare’s plays, the Merchant of Venice, focuses of the acts of deception. Some say that none of the characters in the play are seen as ‘kind’ by the end of it, stating that: “Grace, nobility and generosity of spirit are submerged by greed, distrust and ugly prejudice.” This play enlightens true meanings of deception on nearly every level; from Jessica deceiving her father, Shylock being deceived by the court and the deceitful tale of ‘the rings’, that is seen throughout the Merchant of Venice. Jessica is the beautiful daughter of Shylock the Jew, who she despises greatly.
Shakespeare uses disguise in the play to show several confusions and internal conflicts between the characters, proving how malleable and deluded some human attractions can be. Shakespeare uses Viola (Cesario) as an example of a mechanism that can throw internal conflicts into temporary chaos. Viola willingly faces whatever comes in her way. Her love for Duke Orsino seems too constant and true, unlike the other characters in the play. The temporary chaos of the play is when Viola falls in love with Orsino, who falls in love with Olivia, who on the other hand falls in love with Viola’s disguise, Cesario.
“Loving can hurt sometimes,” Ed Sheeran said, and this is no lie when it comes to Twelfth Night. Love is often an inevitable struggle in a plot, but in this Shakespearean play, a complete love triangle dominates as the main conflict. It cause happiness, excitement, deception, or even insanity, we still can’t seem to figure out if the benefits outweigh the consequences. Throughout Twelfth Night Shakespeare demonstrates love as a cause of suffering, a ‘knot that cannot be untied’ with Olivia’s love, Viola’s disguise, and Malvolio’s fake letter. Lady Olivia’s initial suffering contributes to the cause of this complex knot.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is described as one of William Shakespeare’s comedies based on the way the characters behave. Some events that happened actually affect the light tone of play, specifically when Puck stated that “Oh Lord, what fools these mortals be”. The foolishness of the lovers, the players, and even the fairies slightly affect the tone of the play into different theme yet, they didn’t really have a great impact on the main theme which is after all, a comedy. There are a number of examples with the foolishness of the lovers which sound like a tragic event but really are comic. For example Helena says “And I am sick when I look not on you” (2.1.37).
Juliet too, shares similar feelings which is displayed in her soliloquy, thinking of Romeo: “My only love sprung from my only hate!” (Shakespeare 50). Without having really gotten to know him on a profound and romantic level, she can already claim that she is in love with him despite their families ' fighting. Friar Lawrence even anticipates that something bad may occur due to the couple’s ardent passion, as he says, “These violent delights have violent ends,...” (Shakespeare 92). These feelings of affection can be chalked up to the teenage brain in love. As explained by Dr. Helen Fisher, "When you 're in the throes of this romantic love, it 's overwhelming, you 're out of control, you 're irrational" (Carey 1).
Romeo and Juliet fell in love within mere seconds, without contemplating the consequences the love may cause. Willing to “Deny thy father and refuse thy name,” Juliet sacrifices her family for the adolescent romance (2.2.37). Passion blinds Juliet from reality, causing her to disregard their family complications. The young love promotes Juliet to risk her family for this young infatuation she possesses with Romeo. Ever since they laid eye’s on one another, Romeo and Juliet continuously formulate careless decisions, such as determining to get married.
Benvolio: Out of her favor. (1.1.163-166) In the play, Romeo was experiencing a one sided love, and to protect his heart, Benvolio told Romeo to look for a new companion. Though this may be a heartfelt and sad scene, Shakespeare used the pun to inject humor. Throughout the play Romeo and Juliet, humor plays a huge role in entertaining the audience and bringing comedy to otherwise tragic scenes. Although many main characters die, the use of word play turns these heavy moments into
Claudio and Hero fall into a young love that they fall into easily. However, due to their lack of trust, suspense is built to sustain a plot. Just as the problem arises quickly, the complication is resolved just as simply with the marriage of the young lovers. Throughout the play, the relationship between Beatrice and Benedict serve as a comedic relief. There snarky replies are well crafted such as Benedict’s view on Beatrice’s replies: “she speaks poniards, and every word stabs: if her breath were as terrible as her terminations, there were no living near her; she would infect to the north star.” In the final act, audience find compassion that Benedict and Beatrice hate relationship settles to a love relationship.
According to Jamieson “Shakespeare’s treatment of love in the play is complex and multifaceted. He uses love in its many guises to thread together the key relationships in the play” (Lee 1). First, we see Romeo is in love with Rosaline in the beginning of the play. In today society we might describe it as “Puppy Love.” Laurence did not believe it will last long: Romeo says “Thou chid’st me oft for loving Rosaline” and Laurence replies “For doting, not for loving, pupil mine” (Shakespeare 11.iii.). Likewise, Paris is not in love with Juliet, it was more tradition then Passion.