Romeo And Juliet Literary Devices

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Once in fair Verona, a bloody feud took the lives of two attractive young lovers and some of their family and friends. The Montague/Capulet feud will forever go down in literary history as an ingenious vehicle to embody fate and fortune. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare uses literary devices, such as foreshadowing, repetition, and symbolism, to show how the Montague/Capulet feud is a means by which the inevitability of fate functions and causes the bad fortune of the lovers. To start with, Shakespeare uses the prologue to foretell future events as a direct result of the feud. First, the author states, “From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,/Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.” (Prologue.3-4). Shakespeare attributes the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet as stemming from “ancient grudge”, which is the long-lasting feud between the two families. He then suggests that it is the “civil hands” or family members, who brought them to their deaths. In addition, Shakespeare gives the spoiler that, “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.” (Prologue.6). This is something a typical modern-day playwright wouldn’t do. However, on a stage during the Shakespearean time, the spoiler does create a sense of suspense that makes the audience wonder what precipitates the death of the lovers and want to follow along with the play. He uses the phrase “star-crossed” to suggest that it was bad luck that leads to the lover’s demise, and that Romeo and Juliet’s stars were not aligned in
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