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Romeo and Juliet 'Romeo and Juliet,' one of Shakespeare's widely recognised plays, written in the late tenth century based on a supposedly true story has many themes and ideas within the story which have successfully been portrayed. Shakespeare presents many techniques and also passes many ideas in his plays based on different themes. The focus of this essay is how the varieties of love between the main protagonists alongside the love of others in the play are presented. Shakespeare also has a broad representation of men and women which is continuously carried out throughout this play. The roles which are carried out through the characters, regarding their gender have a possible relationship to the common gender roles adapted during the Elizabethan Era, during the time the play was written, where men were seen to be the more powerful sex. The idealistic gender roles and the very common types of love portrayal were quite common amongst the society and seem to reflect those mentioned in the play. To begin with, throughout 'Romeo and Juliet' there is an overlaying presence of a typical love between certain characters. Conceivably the most apparent and strongest interpretation of love is the romantic love between the characters Romeo and Juliet. Although both characters are presented to show almost an equal and immense understanding of love, during the beginning of the play, we get the impression that there is a certainty of love for Rosaline from Romeo which shows how he is so vulnerable falling in love. ...read more.

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This romantic and classic idea of love is a strong and stable bond between two protagonists although the characters are quite affected. Juliet is the first to break all boundaries of her family's expectations, but also acts as an innocent young girl. She is shown to be a character that breaks the society's concept of femininity. The love which Romeo feels for Juliet changes his behaviour, this we are shown in the most infamous scene of the play, the balcony scene. Starting with act two, scene two, Romeo begins to metaphorically compare Juliet to many aspects of nature. 'The brightness of her cheeks would shame those stars' (2.2.19) and 'Juliet is the sun' (2.2.3). Here we can see Romeo's thoughts upon Juliet, which merely suggest that he has a physical attraction towards her beauty and nothing else to base his love on. Another example for this would be when he says "Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!" (1.5.49) Shakespeare also deconstructs his own representation of masculinity and femininity. His representation of men and women capsizes the stereotypes as well as promoting them, and can also be related to the behaviour of women in today's society as Romeo is seen as rather more feminine and Juliet is seen to be more forward and advanced. Men are often shown being more dominant, more eminent aggressive to show their manliness, and controlling. ...read more.

Conclusion

This may suggest one reason why Shakespeare would put in two opposites taking place, a sinful act taking place while there is a religious atmosphere. This may have been the reason why their lives were ended and also brings in the theme of fate and destiny. Shakespeare has also used the technique of foreshadowing right at the beginning of the play in the prologue, in which the audience know that there will be a tragic ending.' A pair of star crossed lovers take their life whose misadventured piteous overthrows'. This marks that the two lover's lives have been star-crossed, because of their destiny, but would unfortunately reach a sad ending. Another technique used by Shakespeare is called anadiplosis in which the repetition of a word ends a clause. A clear example of this is given when Romeo talks of the girl he is in love with and remarks, 'O brawling love, O loving hate, O anything of nothing first create! O heavy lightness' this shows an oxymoron being used as well as the use of anadiplosis. Overall, Shakespeare manages to use a variety of linguistic devices and uses his characters efficiently as pawns to carry out particular characteristics which build up the plot in the play. He uses them to carry significance in the way the have been portrayed as men and women. He often includes general stereotypes which enhance the representation of both sexes. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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