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How are the themes of love and tragedy portrayed in Romeo and Juliet

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How Does Shakespeare Develop the Themes of Love and Tragedy in Romeo and Juliet? Love and tragedy are two of the main themes that are present throughout the play. Shakespeare uses many literary devices to describe the many accounts of love and tragedy. He also varies the language to vary the pace and mood. This adds excitement to the audience watching. In Act 1 Scene 5 at the Capulet's party we first discover how love is compared to light. When Romeo sees Juliet for the first time he says "o she doth teach the torches to burn bright!", saying that Juliet seems to shine more brightly than the torches that illuminate Capulet's great hall. This idea that love is compared to light can be spotted many times throughout the play. Shakespeare also uses religious words to describe love and the way that Romeo and Juliet feel about each other. When Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time, the sonnet in which they speak contains many religious words. "For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch, / And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss" Act 1 Scene 5 98-99. This religious language makes Romeo and Juliet sound pure and innocent. ...read more.


Because their love is so strong they were willing to die for each other, they were willing to go against years of hatred between their families to try and make things work. Throughout the play Shakespeare also develops many different ideas which could be used for the blame of Romeo and Juliet's tragic death, one of them being fate. At the beginning of the play, the Prologue says that Romeo and Juliet are doomed to die: "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes / A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life" Prologue 5-6. This is saying that the stars are against Romeo and Juliet, and that they control their lives and their actions. Shakespeare carries this idea of fate throughout the play; Romeo says "Some consequence yet hanging in the stars" to Mercutio on the way to Capulet's party, he says he feels that the stars control everything. Romeo also asks to be free from his unlucky stars when about to kill himself, he says he wants to "shake the yoke of inauspicious stars." Other ideas that Shakespeare creates for the blame of the deaths are; Friar Laurence dangerously suggesting to Juliet to take the sleeping potion that will make her appear dead, "Thou take this vial, being then to bed, / ...read more.


Here Juliet compares her love to the sea. Shakespeare compares Romeo's love for Rosaline to his love for Juliet using personification. The Prologue before Act 2 states "Now old desire does in his deathbed lie, / And young affection gapes to be his heir" Act 2, Prologue, 1-2. The "old desire" Romeo had for Rosaline is described as a dying old man. The "young affection" for Juliet is described as a son who is waiting to take his father's place on the throne. As the play Romeo and Juliet was written to be acted and watched, many of the things the characters say have to explain how the characters look. This is because in Elizabethan theatre a boy, perhaps seen at some distance, played Juliet. When Romeo sees Juliet he talks about her using a metaphor "She doth teach the torches to burn bright!" Act 1 Scene 5 44. This tells the audience that Juliet's beauty is much brighter than that of the torches, so she is very beautiful. In Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare creates many different types of love and many ideas that could be blamed the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare also uses language and devices to develop the characters more thoroughly and explain how different characters think so differently about love and their lives. Because ...read more.

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