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). “I conjure thee by Rosaline's bright eyes, By her high forehead and her scarlet lip.” It is subtle here because Mercutio still doesn’t know about Juliet but it is also subtle in the sense that it offers two elements to the scenario: 1) By mentioning Rosaline before the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet, it appears that Shakespeare (through Mercutio) is offering us a conclusion from the Rosaline era. 2) Shakespeare lends an emotional value to the love of Romeo and Juliet by contrasting it through Mercutio’s focus on Rosaline’s physical appearance merely. “Shakespeare uses Mercutio's cynical attitude to distinguish Romeo and Juliet's love as innocent, spiritual, and intense. Because the audience is aware that Mercutio's speech falls on deaf ears, Mercutio's speech illustrates that the Romeo, the loves-truck youth, has begun to mature in his outlook on life and love.”
It pretty much covers this love throughout the entire story line. Although one example of this is when Romeo and Juliet first meet, Romeo quotes, “O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do. They pray; Grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.” (1.5.102-3). In this case Romeo is wanting Juliet to kiss him, which in this same conversation juliet wants the same thing. Romantic love is always returned and mutual between two people.
[Tybalt under, Romeo's arm thrusts Mercutio in, and flies]” (Shakespeare 63). If Romeo tells Tybalt that him and Juliet's relationship, then Mercutio might have not died. “I think it best you married the county. O’ he's a lovely gentleman” (Shakespeare 88). Juliet could have told the nurse about her and Romeo's relationship.
In Act I, Sc. 5 of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare utilizes light and religious imagery to characterize Romeo and Juliet’s love as worshipful. Shakespeare uses light to reflect their love by showing, through Romeo’s descriptions of Juliet, how Romeo sees Juliet as an illumination. In line 51, Romeo declares, “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright,” implying that her beauty and grace light up her surroundings. He adds, “And touching hers, make blessed my rude hand,” which displays his veneration for her.
Shakespeare weaves floral symbolism throughout the play; Romeo, the object of Juliet’s affection, is considered a “rose” -- a specific flower that symbolizes beauty and love, while Juliet’s other suitor -- the affable Paris, is considered just a “flower in faith” -- pretty, but not special in any way. At the end of the play, after Juliet takes Friar Laurence’s sleeping potion to appear dead, her bridal flowers symbolically and paradoxically become her funeral
Now with the approval from the Nurse Juliet also learns of the marriage that the Nurse selflessly set up for Juliet to get married to her true love Romeo. In a conversation with Juliet the Nurse delivered the news “Then hie you hence to Friar Laurence’ cell;/There stays a husband to make you a wife”(Ⅲ,ⅴ,68-69). First, the Nurse tested Juliet to make sure that she truly loved Romeo. Then, deciding that Romeo and Juliet should be together she decided to tell Juliet the news that Romeo waits to marry her. This part really was decided by the Nurse’s opinion, because if she didn’t approve of Romeo she could have easily withheld the information about the marriage.
The prologue of Romeo and Juliet, originally spoken by the prince of Verona, presents the theme and plot of the story. It is written in Shakespeare’s distinguish Sonnet form of three quatrains and a couplet. In the first quatrain the focus lays upon the situation in Verona, followed by the run of the tragedy, showing the spectator a preview. The last quatrain drives the forces of the tragedy. The couplet functions as a conclusion of the prior quatrains, appealing to the audience in the way of an invitation.
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.” (A 2, S 1, L 17-21). Shakespeare uses comic relief to relieve the audience from knowing that Romeo and Juliet will kill each other. Shakespeare using comic relief gives the audience a good break away from knowing that their will be a sad
He then performs the marriage of Romeo and Juliet and even fabricates a foolish plan to keep them together when Juliet is forced to marry Paris. He also leaves Juliet alone in the tomb after she awakens to find her beloved Romeo dead. Friar Lawrence is a moral man, but his hubris leads to the death of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo considers the Friar someone he can confide in, and he tells the Friar of his newfound love for Juliet. The Friar’s excessive pride allows him to agree to wed Romeo and Juliet, hoping he can bring the Montagues and Capulets together, though these families hatred spans generations.
Shakespeare has many instances of dramatic irony in Romeo and Juliet. He uses it for different purposes, one purpose is to show how, despite the Friar trying to help the situation he worsened it unintentionally. A second purpose is to show how secret Romeo and Juliet were. One example of dramatic irony is the Friar gives Juliet a potion and creates a plan to help Juliet be with Romeo again. While Juliet debates to take the potion she decides,”Romeo, Romeo, Romeo!
Narrator- Romeo kisses juliet forehead. Narrator- Friar Lawrence Lord Capulet walks in. Lord Capulet- what are you doing in here and why are you touching my daughter! Friar Lawrence- sir, it’s not what you- Narrator- Romeo cuts Friar Lawrence off. Romeo- i beg your pardon sir but….. Juliet is not dead.