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Major Themes in Romeo and Juliet

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´╗┐Romeo and Juliet Essay "Never was there a tale of such woe..." the story of Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy of passion and forbidden love. Shakespeare?s Romeo and Juliet is one of the most referred to stories of all times, setting a precedence for romantic tragedies. In the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the major themes of love vs. Hate and free will vs. fate are displayed within the protagonists and the events that occur in the play. ?See what a scourge is laid upon your hate, that heaven finds means to kill your joys with love? and ?wisely and slow, they stumble that run fast? both represent the major themes of the play, as well as the use of several language and dramatic techniques such as dramatic irony, metaphors, hyperbole?s as well as imagery to convey the concepts. The main universal themes Shakespeare incorporates in the play reveals the true characteristics of the characters, revealing their fatal flaws and ultimately leading to their deaths. ...read more.

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Foreshadowing is used in the tragedy to create anticipation as well as to inform the audience about the events that were shortly going to arise. At the end of act 5, Prince reinforces the motif of religious fatalism, that for the Montague and Capulet?s faults, God had punished them for their mistakes, their children?s lives ?their joys- being their punishment. The quote itself states both families in the end are metaphorically suffering as well as the inclusion of irony that Romeo and Juliet?s love is what in due course ended the rivalry between families. Shakespeare continuously gives the audience the impression that Juliet is saint/ heavenly like with continual religious connotations said by Romeo throughout the play. This technique of imagery emphasises on Juliet?s innocence and purity. This continual reference to religious icons is also a hyperbole. Throughout the play, both Romeo and Juliet exaggerate their affection for one another in speeches, asides and soliloquy?s. The use of hyperboles stresses the lover?s strong emotion and passion for one another. ...read more.

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The advice given to Romeo by Friar Laurence links with the motif of determinism as the Friar believes that although everything happens for a reason, it is the individual that in the end decides their destiny. Fate is the supposed force or power that predetermines ones destiny. Fate is a major theme of the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, It was their destiny since birth that their paths would intertwine and that they would become star-crossed lovers due to their families circumstances. When Romeo believes that Juliet is dead he cries out that he defies the stars, whilst his impulsiveness and determination to go against the hands of fate and living without her completes the idea of his and Juliet?s destiny, where their love would only exist peacefully in death. It is Romeo?s fatal flaw of impulsiveness that leads to his death, his impulsiveness contradicting the advice of the Friar and leading to the Romeo murdering Tybalt and being banished from Verona. The two recurring themes of love vs hate as well as fate vs free will and the quotes mentioned above stresses ...read more.

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