He even states his goal. “For this alliance so happy prove / To turn your households’ rancor to pure love” (2.3. 91-92). Whether the Friar realizes it or not, he has just done something terrible that only strengthens the bond of these two lovers. This leads to several deaths along the way.
In Romeo & Juliet, the love story of the ages, Shakespeare doesn’t hold back with his intentional usages of comic relief. The first of which comes from Mercutio. In Romeo & Juliet, the comic relief is subtler to the point that it sounds serious. Shakespeare challenges the reader even more in these scenarios. After a heavy, charged scene (that of Romeo & Juliet meeting on the balcony in her rose garden), Shakespeare voices Mercutio calling for Romeo by talking about Rosaline (his former lover).
Thesis: In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, uses comic relief to lighten up the mood after the dramatic encounter between Romeo and Juliet which we know is the beginning of their demise. 3C’s Function: In Act II Scene I, after the introducing of Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio and Benvolio search out for Romeo due to him nowhere to be found, they are unaware that Romeo has found a new love and are teasing him by describing Rosaline as a joke in hopes he were to come out. Mercutio says “I conjure thee by Rosaline's bright eyes, By her high forehead and her scarlet lip, By her fine foot, straight leg, and quivering thigh, And the demesnes that there adjacent lie.”
After Romeo asks Friar Lawrence to marry himself and Juliet, Romeo is highly ecstatic, translating to the mood of Mercutio. Contently, Mercutio teases “Why, is not this better now than groaning for love? ... for this drivelling love is like a great natural that runs lolling up and down to hide his bauble…” (2.4.80-84). Shakespeare uses a simile to compare Romeo looking for love to a fool trying to hide his jester stick, proving that the static character of Romeo is enamoured again.
Romeo agrees to go and sees Juliet, Lord Capulet’s daughter and falls in love instantly with “her true beauty” (Shakespeare. I.v.51) and pulls her into the other room where they kiss. This meeting results in a prolonged love affair which springs a whole event of scandal including Juliet’s push back to marry Paris, but ultimately it results in Romeo and Juliet’s
Mercutio knows Romeo better than any other characters and because Mercutio and Romeo are foils, it is easy for Mercutio to tell that Romeo is in love. Mercutio also is able to tell who Romeo’s new found love and is quick to tell him that Romeo and Juliet getting married will cause more problems between their families.(Padgett Mercutio) Mercutio foreshadows the fate and tragic end to the story while he is dying he says “ A plague o’ both your houses!” (A3si) he states this at Romeo and Tybalt and at the Montagues and the Capulets, telling them that their family feud will not end until “a plague” has destroyed each house. Knowing the ending of the story, readers know that he is referring to the death of the child from each house.
In one case Romeo talks about his unreturned love for Rosaline, saying, “Out of her favor, where i am in love” (1.1.158). Romeo is hinting at the point that Rosaline has nothing to do with him, yet, he is in love with her. In this case Rosaline will never return Romeo’s love for her, displaying unrequited love. This love is shown once again in another part of the story with Juliet. Juliet’s mother wants her to marry Paris (who also wants to marry juliet)
An example of this is when Romeo was so depressed because the woman he loved, Rosaline, didn’t love him back, but once he met Juliet he was happy again. ”No, I have forgotten that name and that name’s woe.” (2.3.46) Romeo only comes back from his depression because he met Juliet and realized she was the one he truly loved. This shows how love is a force of good as it got Romeo out of his depression and happier than he was before. The creation of joy is another reason why love is a force for good and doesn’t inflict
Yet Shakespeare displays an emancipatory access to woman kind, portrayed as Juliet, due to the reason that she stands up for her own created problems and in the long run matures as a self-confident woman. So, basically Shakespeare has laid out the grounding of emancipation coherent in Juliet’s character. Romeo on the other hand side is insecure that his love won’t be reciprocated. He compares her to the glorious rising sun that’s beauty will be envied on. Yet he struggles between talking to her or to stay hidden.
He says “And so, good Capulet, -- which name I tender as dearly as my own” (A3.S1). This shows how, despite everything Tybalt has said about Romeo, the Montagues, and the hatred he has for their family name Romeo still treats him as family simply because he has the same last name as his wife. In addition Juliet is arranged to marry County Paris because of his good name and his good reputation and not because of who he really is, which contradicts the point Shakespeare makes when he shows that both Juliet and Romeo don’t care about each other's last names because it does show that a name defines a person and their
First of all, Romeo’s major flaw is his rashness towards certain aspects of life such as love, because one day he is in love with Rosaline, and the next day he is in love with Juliet. In “Act 1, Scene 2”, Romeo complains how life would be meaningless without Rosaline and that he will kill himself: “When the devout religion of mine eye Maintain such falsehood, then turn tears to fires; And these who, often drowned, could never die, Transparent heretics, be burnt for liars. One fairer than my love! the all-seeing sun Ne’er saw her match since first the world begun.” (Shakespeare 23).
In Act 1 scene 4 of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare heavily addresses the motifs of light and dark “Some consequence yet hanging in the stars… with this night’s revels, and expire the term,” (1.4.114&116). Stars literally and figuratively represent light. Figuratively they represent the “star-crossed” or fated love of Romeo and Juliet. Which leads to “some consequence” and “expire the term” meaning the death of the two teens. Both express figurative darkness regarding the figurative light perpetrated by their great love.
In this passage, Shakespeare utilizes metaphor and negative diction to characterize Romeo as a person who is conflicted and frustrated by love, which ultimately reveals the theme that love is uncontrollable, conflicting, and short-lived. Towards the end of act 1 scene 1, Romeo still has a big crush on Rosaline, but Rosaline has no feelings for him. Hence, Romeo experienced a sense of depression and is conflicted by love. In this passage, Shakespeare uses numerous metaphors. “Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs.”
Figurative Language Expressed in Romeo and Juliet The story “Romeo and Juliet”, written by William Shakespeare, is the most iconic love story in the history of English literature, known worldwide for it’s tragically intense love story. In the play Romeo and Juliet, we see strong examples of many different writing techniques including theme and figurative language. Figurative language refers to when the writer uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation. This type of writing can be found within metaphors, similes, personification, Irony, and many other literary terms.
In the tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare tells a tragic story about how two forbidden lovers sacrifice is the only way to resolve the feud between their families. Even though Romeo and Juliet have a tragic ending, the road there is not that bad. In Act II, Scene ii, Shakespeare shows one of the lovers’ first conversations, which is painted by his very careful choice of words. He uses syntax, diction, and other narrative devices to depict the mood of Romeo and Juliet and In the passage, Shakespeare uses syntax to set the differing moods between Romeo and Juliet.