Romeo And Juliet Vs Twelfth Night Analysis

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Romeo and Juliet Vs. Twelfth Night
One of Shakespeare’s most famous play is Romeo and Juliet while Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is not so well known. The play Romeo and Juliet is written better than Shakespeare’s other play, Twelfth Night. To determine which play is written better, compare and contrast the plot structure, theme, and symbolism. Romeo and Juliet has a better plot structure than Twelfth Night. In Romeo and Juliet the plot structure is straightforward and stays with the main story but in Twelfth Night there are many side stories that are not needed to tell the same main story. An example of cause and effect in Romeo and Juliet is the Montegue and Capulet families have a feud that affects the relationship between Romeo and Juliet
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The themes of Romeo and Juliet are holding old grudges and living by a person’s own emotions. The theme of holding old grudges can be seen where the Montagues and Capulets are old family enemies for a very long time. Another theme in the story is living by someone’s own emotions. Romeo wanted to find a new person he could love because Rosaline didn’t love him back.“The scant references to Shakespeare's celebrated romantic tragedy in this otherwise very comprehensive essay are concluded with a note to the centrality of the dagger image in both Victory and Romeo and Juliet. But Gillon connects this more with the symbol of the heart rather than with pursuing its far more interesting bearing on the erotic theme in both works and the lovers' death wish,.” The themes of Twelfth Night are genders being equal and waiting for time to restore a problem. One theme is gender equality. Orsino thought that a man can love more than a woman will but realizes they are equal when he finds out Cesario was actually a woman named Viola. Waiting for time to unravel a mess is another theme because Viola let time untangle the mess she had gotten into and caused a big confusion at the end of the story. According to some critics, “Examines the mistakes made by the protagonists of Twelfth Night, maintaining that the errors these characters make are not only part of…show more content…
Poison represents death and can be seen a couple times throughout the story. Friar Lawrence was talking about poisonous plants and was the one to wed them. Letting the two marry was a bad idea that caused Juliet to take a poison that would make her sleep, later committing suicide, and Romeo take a poison that instantly killed him. Friar Lawrence is foreshadowing Romeo and Juliet’s death by letting them marry. Nighttime is another symbol in the story Romeo and Juliet. Night in Romeo and Juliet represent privacy. Romeo and Juliet would only meet each other at night where no one would be awake to see them while their family drama and fighting all occur during the day. A critic explains, “In Greek mythology, Eros, the winged god of love, was the traditional consort of Venus and was also connected with Dionysus through his unleashing of unruly instinctive forces; hence their common name Eleutherios, which means "the liberator" (Lindemans). Besides symbolizing erotic love, Eros was associated with the creative urge and therefore with light which the ancients believed gave birth to the world (Leadbetter). However, like the beautiful but predatory goddess of love, Eros had a demonic side and was almost always unpredictable so there was a good deal of ambivalence about him (Leadbetter). Thanatos (death), however, was a son of Nyx (night) and the twin brother of Hypnos (sleep) (Smith 1019-20). In early representations,
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