In the play, Romeo and Juliet all show love and goodness of light versus dark. In this play, light versus dark is the most motifs often repeated in Romeo and Juliet because it involves light versus dark throughout the whole play. Romeo compares Juliet to light in the entire play. The light versus dark in the play deals with marriage, thumb biting, poison, death, sunlight, nighttime, sex, and last but not least plants. Light is presents as darkness is to hope, love, and purity.
Romeo and Juliet is a classic romance story by William Shakespeare about two star-crossed lovers, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, falling in love. Nevertheless, their two families have a vendetta against each other, making it difficult for Romeo and Juliet to ever truly be together. This romantic set-up has been used multiple times after Shakespeare, such as West Side Story. The story itself has very romantic and light-hearted moments, but a lot of issues that aren’t paid as much attention to can be calamitous. Despite a lot of the play exploring the positives and the beauty of love and romance, the real lessons from the story are found in the primitive and belligerent nature of the characters.
William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: a tragic tale of two paramours with a love so fatal, it ended in their own death. A death so full of love, that it cured the rift between the two families that had made it so lethal in the first place. This essay will be focusing on the the strategies used, by comparing two different adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, to create dramatic tension in the famous entitled ‘Balcony Scene’ or Act II Scene ii. Shakespeare’s intention in this scene was to showcase how raw, beautiful, and terrifying love really is: Romeo listens to Juliet, from the shadows, speaking of her beauty admiringly, even though he knows she cannot hear him, as she comes to a conclusion with herself on her feelings about him. When Romeo reveals himself to Juliet, it’ scary–not because he scared her per say, but rather it’s scary to think what would happen to him if he were to be caught: their families hate each other.
This archetype is usually used between the colliding of characters, an example of this is the conflict between the Capulets and the Montagues. Also, Shakespeare uses this archetype often in the secret relationship between Romeo and Juliet as loving in these two families are notably forbidden as they are in hefty conflict. As they love behind each of their backs of Capulet and the Montagues. To begin, in a scene, in which Paris and Capulet discuss earnestly of Paris’s true love en route against Juliet and his desire for marriage and Capulet empathically understanding the true love and the beauty of women who are invited to the party that shines its pure beauty. Dark vs light was mentioned when Capulet says:
Night time to the town is known for violence, crime, evil, and high chance of death. In the book by William Shakespeare, Romeo had feelings for a another woman named Rosaline. Which in the book he compares her to things that are involved with light, to where when he meets Juliet he compares her to the features of light hours. “It is the East and Juliet is the sun” (2.2.4). Romeo compares her to the East sun where the sun is usually where the sun is the most vibrant and beautiful.
In life, people want to have that someone they can call the “sun to the their moon,” or the “night to their day,” wishing for an undying love. William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet deals with the recurring visual motif of light and dark, that is used to represent and foreshadow their love. Both of the lovers compare one another to the day and night, which highlights the intensity of their relationship, but also expresses the downfalls and unforeseen complications to come. For Romeo, Juliet is his sun. His light.
Romeo compares his lips to “two blushing pilgrims” and Juliet as a “Holy Shrine”. This kind of imagery is in constant in this scene as Romeo woos Juliet. Romeo and Juliet also speaks to each other in sonnets for this part. This shows that Romeo is in love with Juliet. This shows that this is not like the love that Romeo had for Rosalind which seemed to be a silly crush.
We can see that Shakespeare relates the young love to impulsiveness and rush and represents how this is lamented. Finally, the last external aspect that influences their love, but not the least important, is the fate. It seems that from the beginning their fate is marked by external aspects, so they are not the responsible of their tragedy. The play starts with the introduction of the term ‘star-crossed lovers’ (Prologue). The idea of being “dolls” manipulated by the stars and destine is transmitted along the whole play, even through the words of Romeo and Juliet who have several intuitions.
The beginning of the performance, where the scene is completely darkened with a bit of light behind the curtain and several girls dancing at the background where loud laughing is heard intrigued the audience. It is impossible to understand what is happening on the stage, and the observers are waiting to see the rest of the performance in order to find out what is actually going on. The beginning of the theater play was both intense and exciting. The use of light has strongly contributed to this, as far as the total darkness could be considered to have symbolic meaning besides being used to direct audience 's attention. The spotlight is often directed at the central point of the play, the most important actor speaking or acting on the scene.
Love is what the story pivots on. Love is seen as a very forceful influence that forces the main characters to commit acts seen as unorthodox. Love acts as a force that drives the story forward and acts as an unstoppable force. Another well seen theme in Romeo and Juliet is fate. Some characters are bound by fate to die, known as ‘death-marked’ characters.