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Exploring the contrast Of Romeo and Juliet commenting on Language Character plot and theme

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Exploring the contrast Of Romeo and Juliet commenting on Language Character plot and theme Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's greatest and most popular plays, a romantic tragedy written in about 1593. An underlying feature running throughout the play is Shakespeare's use of contrast, love/hate, young/old, life/death, light/dark, tragedy/comedy and real/unreal. Shakespeare draws out, illustrates and emphasises those contrasts by clever use of language, character, and the plot itself. What I feel is one of the most important aspects of the play is the contrast between love and hate, and I will deal with this aspect now. The whole basis of the play is the great love between Romeo and Juliet which is set against the background of the great hatred between the montagues and the capulets. An example of love versus hate occurs through Romeo and Juliet and the hate between their families. The love that Romeo and Juliet share completely opposes the deep roots of anger and hate between their parents. The quote from the chorus ( at the beginning of the play ) best states this. " Two houses, both alike in dignity ... From ancient grudge break to new mutiny...A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life: Whose misadventured piteous overthrows, Doth with their death bury their parents strife " "Romeo & Juliet" is a play of great love, but there is also great fighting and quarrelling in the play. ...read more.


swan has been contrasted with the black (dark) crow (Benvolio to Romeo-line 85) I also think this contrast is very well shown throughout Act 3 Scene 5 and Act 4 Scene 5 " Do lace the serving clouds in yonder east: Nights candles are burnt out, and jocund day stands tiptoe on misty mountain tops. I must be gone and live, or stay and die " The contrast between young and old is also very important in the play. The scene with the Nurse and Lady Capulet (act 1, Scene 3), deals with the age of Juliet, who we discover is not even 14 years old. And then, she, Juliet, says that lots of old people are very slow, so slow that they appear to be dead. This occurs in act 2, Scene 5. " But old folks many feign as they were dead ." There is therefore a contrast between the youth of Romeo and Juliet and the inability of the older generation (for example the parents ) to understand Romeo and Juliet's feelings ( Act 3 Scene 3). Romeos Speech to the friar " Thou canst not speak of that thou dost not feel " "The other examples of in R&J are perhaps not quite so obvious, but,I think, they are still important to the play. There is, as I mentioned at the beginning of this essay,the contrast between what happens in the "Real World" and what happens in the "Unreal World". ...read more.


there is a great deal of bawdy humour. The humour in the play really ends when Mercutio is killed and the playbecomes pure tragedy after that. "Finally there is the contrast between Life and Death throughout the Play. This is connected to the contrast between Light and Dark which I have already mentioned. Light represents Life and Dark represents Death. The Prologue tells us that Romeo &Juliet are going to die and so right from the very beginning there is a form of sadness whenever we see Romeo & Juliet happy because we know the sad outcome of their eventual deaths. "A pair of star crossed lovers, take their life" Chorus/Prologue A good example of the contrast between life and death can be seen in Act 2 Scene 3 when the Friar is gathering herbs and plants. He talks about plants that can kill if eaten but that are good for you if smelled. "Virtue itself turns vice being misapplied and vice plant Sometimes by action dignified .....Canker eats up that" You can see from all I have written Romeo & Juliet is a play in which Shakespeare makes great use of contrast. He does this through the characters themselves, the plot itself and the various themes of the play. Romeo &Juliet is a marvellous and effective play made, in my opinion, all the better by these themes of contrast running through it. As someone who is roughly the same age as Juliet I find it as good as anything I have read recently, even though it was written nearly 400 years ago" ...read more.

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