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Discuss Shakespeare's Use Of Foreshadowing In "Romeo And Juliet".

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Discuss Shakespeare's Use Of Foreshadowing In "Romeo And Juliet" William Shakespeare, throughout his play "Romeo and Juliet", uses foreshadowing to give the readers and audience hints on the outcome of the play, and also to add more meaning to the play. He also uses this technique to display Romeo and Juliet's love for one another. We see the first use of foreshadowing right at the beginning of the play, in the prologue. The prologue sums up the entire play, and tells us what is going to occur. It doesn't hint what's going to happen, so it super-seeds foreshadowing. "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their parents' strife". This section of the Chorus in the Prologue is the part that sums up the play. The next section repeats the same message, and so repetition is used to clearly give the story away. When Benvolio is trying to talk Romeo out of love with Rosaline, he foreshadows that Romeo will fall in love with Juliet and forget about Rosaline, "Take thou some new infection to thy eye, And the rank poison of the old will die". ...read more.


Romeo later comments that he is about to face the greatest sorrow of all, "Do thou but close our hands with holy words, Then love-devouring death do what he dare; It is enough I may but call her mine". These words foreshadow exactly what they say; "love-devouring death" occurs after the wedding, where Tybalt dies at the hands of Romeo. We see Romeo foreshadowing his banishment when he cries out, in Act 3 Scene 1, "O, I am fortune's fool!" He knows that his fate is not in his hands any longer, as he has just murdered Tybalt. His fate is now in the hands of the Prince, who ultimately results in banishing him from Verona, vowing that if he ever returns, he will be killed. Juliet, when she hears about Romeo's banishment, thinks she will die with sorrow, "I'll to my wedding-bed; And death, not Romeo, take my maidenhead!" This concept is repeated when Capulet says to Paris, "O son, the night before thy wedding-day Hath Death lain with thy wife. There she lies, Flower as she was, deflowered by him". Lord Capulet is saying that Romeo has deflowered Juliet, and led her to death. ...read more.


They are preparing it in the same room where Capulet's ball had taken place, and where Romeo and Juliet had first met. Also, the bed where Juliet is sleeping on, 'faking' death, is behind Lady Capulet and the Nurse. This cunningly foreshadows that the wedding will soon become a funeral. The final instance, in which we see the skill of foreshadowing used, is when in Act 4 Scene 5 Capulet tells Paris about Juliet's 'apparent' death, as mentioned before, "O son, the night before thy wedding-day..." (See page 3 for full speech) Lord Capulet is here foreshadowing the fate of Juliet, and so her real death. In conclusion, William Shakespeare expertly and ingeniously uses the technique of foreshadowing to help the reader from being astonished by disastrous outcomes, and to help hint at scenes to come. It is used also to predict the results of the play and its scenes, and also to express the love between Romeo and Juliet. In Romeo and Juliet, a significantly horrendous ending takes place, but with Shakespeare's use of foreshadowing, the reader is kept from being traumatized. To this day, the skill of foreshadowing is used to have a great influence on the reader and audience. ...read more.

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