“Brutality of Love” through Figurative Language Figurative language is often used in many pieces of writing. The use of figurative language adds color, along with other numerous elements to the writing. Even themes can be advanced through the use of figurative language. Of course, this is not something unheard of, as Shakespeare himself used figurative language to advance certain themes in his writing, “Romeo and Juliet” -- a writing which dates back to the late 1500’s. Within the play/writing, “Romeo and Juliet”, the theme: “brutality of love” is quite evident through the use of figurative language types: personification, simile, and metaphor, as they are used to advance the theme.
For instance, subsequently Friar Laurence states how surprised he was at Romeo’s idiocy, Friar Laurence says, “Hast thou slain Tybalt? Wilt thou slay thyself? / And slay thy lady that in thy life lives, / by doing damned hate upon thyself?” (3.3.122-124). Friar Laurence tries to remind Romeo that by self-slaughtering, it will lead to the death of Juliet shown through the words, “slay thy lady” and “by doing damned hate upon thyself”.
The Nurse in her simple-minded helps Romeo and Juliet continue their relationship, but betrays their love by telling Juliet to forget about Romeo and marry Paris. The Friar takes advantage of Romeo and Juliet’s love to start a peace between their two families, but as the feud worsens, his plot to unite Romeo and Juliet in life actually leads to their death. Finally, Romeo loves Juliet to the point of death. This sacrificial love may be pure and passionate. But, this love may also point to his selfishness and vanity, that he is willing to die to get what he wants rather consider what Juliet would want and what would be the best course of action for their love to survive given the feud that exists between their families.
“Romeo and Juliet”, a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, is held in Verona, Italy. The play portrays the reality of a trascurring feud between two households, Montagues and Capulets, which resulted in tragic consequences for the main characters, Romeo and Juliet. The events contrast hate with love, forcing the young star-crossed lovers to grow up quickly and die tragically in despair. The theme of hate is shown through the transcurring feud of both households; the reason behind all six deaths in the play and the prohibition of the love of two star cross 'd lovers. Shakespeare does not reveal why the families hate each other, but one of the many possible reasons could be that the feud is so longstanding that the families themselves don 't know why it started.
“Two opposed kings encamp them still In man as well as herbs”. In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Friar Laurence’s soliloquy expands upon the idea of of plants and herbs relating to themes and characters in the play. Friar Laurence's soliloquy foreshadows to the end of the play, and death of Romeo and Juliet In the soliloquy Friar Laurence compares flowers to characters in the play, he touches on the concept of any emotion becoming dangerous if they are extreme. The Friar proclaims “For naught so vile that one the earth doth live, But to the earth some special good doth give;Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied, And vice sometime's by action dignified” (2.3.17-21).
In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare uses imagery and other types of figurative language to help us see how each character felt when they speaked. It seemed almost as if on every page he used at least one form of figurative language.Whether it was personification, a hyperbole, or a smile. By doing so he contributed by helping us understand the meaning of the longer speeches in the play.
Dramatic Irony in Romeo and Juliet The play, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, can be described as confusing, well written, dramatic, emotional, sorrowful, ironic, and much more. Shakespeare's use of dramatic irony makes the play much more enjoyable and realistic. Dramatic irony is used throughout the whole entire play, especially in Acts III, IV and V. Each Act has dramatic irony concealed beneath Shakespeare's beautiful Old English language. Juliet spoke in a very complex way. Most of what Juliet told her family, could be taken in two completely different directions.
Another example of similes is when Soto says, “Fog hanging like old / Coats between the trees.” This is saying how the fog is just hanging in between the trees like coats on a rack. An example of a metaphor that Gary Soto uses is, “I was making fire in my hands.”(55) The speaker wasn’t actually making fire in his hands, he was just saying that the orange was really bright against the white
The people who live in Verona are well aware of the continual conflict between the Montague’s and the Capulet’s. In William Shakespears’ Romeo and Juliet, hatred is shown to be a destructive force that causes people to make destructive decisions. Hatred takes a big part in the play showing violence between the 2 families that will make a drastic change in the play. The society of hatred between the two families had a big impact to the social stability of the city of Verona. “ What, drawn, and talk of peace?
William Shakespeare is known for his tragic plays, which includes the highly talked about Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet follows two star crossed lovers who are forbidden to love one another, due to an ancient grudge between their families. The two families still have a strong hatred for each other due to stubbornness , which causes the love between Romeo and Juliet to be forbidden. This forbidden love between the two causes them to act impulsively and ultimately leads to their deaths. However, they are not to be held responsible for these impulsive actions, the obstinacy of the all the family members is.
In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love. Act 3, Scene 2 reveals a conversation between Juliet and the Nurse about the death of Tybalt. The Nurse discloses that Romeo killed Tybalt and Juliet begins to question Romeo’s character, describing him as things such as “beautiful tyrant” (III.ii. 81). Juliet uses figures of speech such as metaphor and oxymoron to help show an overall theme of value and doubleness. Romeo is viewed by Juliet as a “serpent heart hid with a flowering face.”
In William Shakespeare's play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the use of multiple literary devices makes the play interesting. Dramatic irony, which is when the audience knows more than the characters, occurs numerous times throughout the play and grabs the attention of the audience. Soliloquies, which are lengthy speeches by a character to project their thoughts and emotions to the audience, this allows the audience to be more attentive. Allusions are references by characters to well-known places, events from myths or other literature that cause the audience to be absorbed into the play. After reading this marvelous play, it is obvious that Shakespeare uses dramatic irony, allusions, and soliloquies all written in blank verse to grasp the undivided attention of the audience.
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is developed through tragedy, romance, and most importantly dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is when the audience knows something the other characters do not know. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony to create suspense and to help create action in the play. In Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare uses dramatic irony such as Romeo and Juliet’s feuding families, Juliet’s arranged marriage to Paris, and Juliet’s death to keep readers on edge and wanting to read more.
In the Act 4 Scene 1, the most crystal clear literary devices are imagery, similes. Shakespeare incorporates the supernatural imagery as in the following lines: “Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo. Down! Thy crown does sear mine eyeballs. And thy hair, Thou other gold-bound brow, is like the first.
Tara Jahns Ms. Zita Szigeti Language and Literature Advanced 9 9th of March 2015 English Essay Summative Assessment of Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is such an interesting play because even now, five hundred years later we are still talking and learning about this play. It is so relatable till date because people fall in love now as Romeo and Juliet did, families fight, as the Montagues and Capulets did. We can relate to each character in some. Which is what makes this play so compelling and lets it live, five hundred years later. Romeo and Juliet is a tragic tale of two lovers, separated by an epic feud of their two houses (Romeo a Montague and Juliet a Capulet.)