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"All this is comfort, wherefore weep I then?" What is good and bad of Romeo and Juliet? William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

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ENGLISH ESSAY Topic: "All this is comfort, wherefore weep I then?" What is good and bad of Romeo and Juliet? William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is both good and bad in many ways. It conveys the main themes of love, hate and tragedy effectively through literary and theatrical devices such as metaphors, alliteration, juxtaposition, humour, double meanings, romantic scenes, fights with different types of weapons, and most importantly imagery. However the audience is abruptly aware that "A pair of star-crost lovers take their life". This somewhat takes away the suspense of the play, but leaves them bewildered about how fate takes their lives. The literary devices used throughout the play that give it a rich and diverse 'culture' are metaphors, alliteration and juxtaposition. Metaphors are the mostly used as in Elizabethan times, most things were directly compared with real objects. ...read more.

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Alliteration also enhances the play as it gives it a more powerful 'push' in what the characters are saying. Juliet uses alliteration quite frequently to express her feelings, such as in "That I must love a loathed enemy" and, "It is too rash, too unadvis'd too sudden." The latter quote also having repetition to enforce its meaning. Alliteration makes the play more suited for English students, as it helps them improve, thus making it 'good'. The role of juxtaposition adds a tone of confusion to the play considering that its function is to draw attention by putting two totally different things side-by-side. An example is when Romeo utters, "More light and light more dark and dark our woes." Another example is when the Prince states, "That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love." Heaven is obviously not associated with killing and therefore draws attention. There is also a variation of juxtaposition in Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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The drug usage in the film relates to the 'modern' method of relieving stress or pain. Nonetheless, the play is strongly based on taking 'elixirs' to either mock one's death or to kill one's self. Romeo also being able to obtain the deathly liquor from an apothecary, reflects on the easy access today's society has to drugs. This is obviously detrimental, but nevertheless part of the story. Similarly, the usage of guns is also 'bad', as it promotes guns. Baz Luhrmann, the director of the film, has furthermore added a tint of Renaissance to it by engraving the names of different types of swords used, such as 'Sword 9mm', 'Dagger 9mm' and 'Rapier 9mm'. In conclusion, Romeo and Juliet is more of a good thing to either read as a script or watch as a film, rather than a bad thing to criticise exhaustively. All of the mentioned elements should have justified this, as Romeo and Juliet is a well-written play and deserves acknowledgement. ...read more.

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