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Romeo and Juliet - The power of beauty

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Romeo And Juliet What techniques and devices does Shakespeare use to demonstrate the power and beauty of the love between Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare is about a pair of star-crossed lovers ready to die for each other, the feuding families The Montague's and The Capulets are enemies. This play is about the power and beauty of love and the major destruction of hate. The two teenagers fall in love with each other at the first sight without knowing that they are from rival families, When Romeo realises that Juliet is a Capulet he says, "My life is my foes debt". When the fate helps them see the truth it is too late. The purpose of this essay is to look at how Shakespeare puts across, however passionate and beautiful the love between Romeo and Juliet is its not enough in the end. They don't turn away, but together they fight for their love as they walk "The fearful passage of their death-marked love," they sacrifice their lives just to be with each other and end the ancient feud. Romeo and Juliet's love is extremely powerful; as Romeo first sees Juliet he quotes "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright! ...read more.

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One of the main ways in which Shakespeare shows the beauty of the love between Romeo and Juliet is through the language they use about the other one. When they meet for the first time, the images William Shakespeare are significant. For example, in the balcony scene, Romeo, when speaking about Juliet says "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright". The choice of words is important because it really brings out the beauty in there love. The imagery of light and heaven is continued during Juliet's soliloquy. The images signify dreams and premonitions, and the premonitions occur in love and death. Shakespeare wants the audience to focus on the language they both use and the way they say it, poetically. When Romeo falls in love with Juliet he says, "O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright", and he takes her hand and says, "If I profane with my unworthiest hand, this holy shrine, the gentle sin is this, my lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand, to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss", this shows how quickly and deeply Romeo falls in love with Juliet. These lines show the outstanding beauty of there love. ...read more.

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The nurse enjoys sexual innuendo in conversation - when Mercutio sexually insults her she does not seem particularly offended even though she put up a bit of a front. Other characters have different attitudes to love, for Lady Capulet wants Juliet to get married to Paris because he is wealthy and comes from a good family. The use of soliloquy is important so that the audience know the characters emotions and feelings. To show that the love between Romeo and Juliet is powerful, the play ends with them both killing themselves for each other. Romeo didn't know that Juliet had just taken an herbal drink to make it look like she died; he thought she was really dead so he decides to kill himself. Juliet awakens, looking for her Romeo. Seeing him dead on the ground, she tries to drink some of his Poison but the vial is empty. Juliet takes out her dagger and stabs herself so they can die together and end the grief. The two star-crossed lovers had to give their life in order for their families to end their fighting. Romeo and Juliet end with these words "For never was a story of more woe (sorrow) Than this of Juliet and her Romeo". Shakespeare really shows the audience the magnificent power of Romeo and Juliet's love. Overall William Shakespeare made a great play on the power and beauty of love. ...read more.

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