All the acts in the play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by Williams Shakespeare had different motifs. However, the motif I choose to write about in this essay is light versus dark. The reason I choose this motif is because the whole play shows imagery of light and dark of Romeo and Juliet in the play. An example of light versus dark is lighting a candle in pitch dark. In the play, Romeo and Juliet all show love and goodness of light versus dark.
This creates indirect characterization when he uses complex juxtaposition to describe Romeo and Juliet's complex love. Through terms of contrast, Shakespeare characterizes Romeo as naive in the beginning of the play. Romeo makes mistakes by killing Tybalt and this destroys Juliet. She becomes heart-broken from this because her true love had just killed her cousin. This reveals Romeos dark side.
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.
This is the scene where she finds out Romeo has killed Tybalt and she does not know whether to hate him or to be happy and love him that he was not killed in the fight. Another scene that shows the situations Juliet is put in is in act 3, scene 5 when Juliet does not know whether to feel hatred toward her dad for marrying her off to someone she does not love or to feel love towards him because she knows he did it out of his love for her. Romeo and Juliet’s characters demonstrating this contrast is very important to the play as a whole because it shows how they have to struggle with the pressures of their family’s and society's expectations that they can't keep up with. These expectations are so impossible for them to keep up with, that it leads to both of the character’s tragic demise. Not only are Romeo and Juliet’s deaths due to impossible expectations they face, but also due to them no longer wanting to have to fight between their emotions of love and hate, when they just want to be
While Shakespeare's, Romeo and Juliet is one of the most iconic archetypes in history; people can agree that supporting character, Mercutio, was a definite favorite with his boisterous attitude and loyal heart, he quickly gained our love as the story went on. As the play went on, and Mercutio’s death took place, we can see that him dying was a big part in the continuance of the play. If Benvolio and he hadn’t pushed Romeo in to so much, if Romeo hadn’t fallen in love with Juliet, or if Mercutio would have listened to Benvolio, then maybe the brazen teenager would have lived. At the beginning of the play, Romeo was depressed and very gloomy due to the fact that his crush, Rosaline, didn’t return his affection. Of course, Mercutio wasn’t having
Throughout this play, Shakespeare has given countless examples of how fate has a larger and more in-depth grasp on the story than other themes or ideas. Fate has brought the two “star crossed lovers” together, and it also spells their end. By the first scene, the reader is already given an idea of how big of a role fate has in this story from Romeo’s aside, and this is only further enhanced as the story progresses. The relationships between characters throughout the story have tiny details of how fate has a more prominent role. Relationships between Romeo, Juliet and the Friar are some of the most potent and detailed in Romeo and Juliet.
In Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the children of two rival houses fall in love but were destined to die tragically from the beginning they met. The events causing the death of the star crossed lovers could be traced to Romeo’s best friend Mercutio. Mercutio is the one and only best friend to Romeo. He is very hot tempered, comical, and seems to view life in an unserious manner. He actively teases Romeo about his love life and is the person to stir trouble.
“This form of conflict affects today’s ' society where many people experience inner conflict because of their struggles or belief”, In Act II Scene II Juliet goes in and out of her balcony three times which highlights that she is “unsure where her loyalty lies” - with her family, or Romeo, who is the enemy of the Capulet family but is her love (UK, 2013). Without Juliet revaluating her situation and contemplating the consequences that might occur the story would lose the dramatic tension that has been built up over the last two acts. The structure is a major part in the build-up of conflict; it highlights conflict taking place in the beginning, middle and end. The outset of the play contains physical violence and the threat conflict from the Prince and eventually leads to Mercutio’s death. There are two conflicting genres of ‘Romeo and Juliet-comedy and tragedy.
In this sense one can state that Shakespeare writes his masterpiece Romeo and Juliet just to show the reader anger as a passive aggressive nature. Image of Anger as passive aggressive force is portrayed by the Capulets and the Montagues who proclaim their hatred to each other throughout the play. Shakespeare confirms that out of love, one can destroy his/her lover, and out of anger as well, one can determine his/her destiny. That is exactly what happened in Romeo and Juliet when the two feuding families unwillingly determine the destiny of their children's love affair that ends up with nothing but the death of Romeo and