Theme Of Complaints In Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo’s complaints give a sliver of insight into the duality of all things, which is a strong, central theme in the play “Romeo and Juliet”. At this moment, Romeo’s heart is heavy as he longs for Rosaline’s affection whilst knowing he cannot gain it. He asks his cousin, Benvolio, to let him hold the torch so that “Being but heavy, [he can] bear the light” (Shakespeare 1.4.12-14). The contrast of his dark, moody, and wallowing attitude against the bright burning light of the torch, suggests that some new and burning desire might enter into the scene soon. Fortunately for Romeo, this will present itself in the form of Juliet.
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