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'Shakespeare's Presentation of love in Romeo and Juliet Reveals a World of Passion, Violence and Death.' How does Shakespeare Explore These Themes?

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William Bowles. 'Shakespeare's Presentation of love in Romeo and Juliet Reveals a World of Passion, Violence and Death.' How does Shakespeare Explore These Themes? The passion displayed by Romeo and Juliet abruptly unlocks a world of love and inevitable tragedy. The linguistic stress on violence and death is foreboding because of the conflict of the opposing Capulets and Montagues. Throughout the play the connection of love and disaster is repeatedly made with the use of language and characterisation. The eponymous characters display their passionate love in the balcony scene, when Juliet is concerned for Romeo's safety: 'And the place death, considering who thou art, if any of my kinsmen find you here.' Even when their love is yet to mature, Juliet's speech already anticipates Death as a consequence of their love. Juliet is submissive, but the power of her love turns her into a mature and self-sufficient woman. Romeo replies 'Life were better ended by their hate, Than death prolonged, wanting of thy love.' ...read more.


'O, sweet mother, cast me not away! Delay this marriage for a month, a week. / Or if you do not, make my bridal bed in that dim monument where Tybalt lies.' This is a critical point in the conflict of love. Juliet's all-consuming love for Romeo gives precedence over her daughterly love for her parents and her arranged love for Paris. Here, the language displays Juliet balancing prosaic love with a fateful death in one sentence. Juliet feels Tybalt's death was caused from the angry conflict and she can foresee her death being for the same reason. This also occurs when Romeo is leaving his love one because of his banishment, and Juliet objects. Romeo replies. 'I have more love to stay than will to go, Come death, and welcome, Juliet wills it so. This is a comparison of the ascendancy of love and death and is frequently included when Romeo and Juliet converse passionately to one another. Juliet and Romeo's fervent comments parallel because they both create a link between their love and death. ...read more.


Until now love and death have been opposing each other but now death has become a solution of their love to become peaceful and eternal. The language of love and death being so closely linked draws the play to its tragic conclusion. Ultimately, through their deaths their love is immortalised and the impact of their passion breaks down the barriers created through their families' conflict. Love transcends death and overcomes violence. Although the protagonists come from contrary backgrounds, when they set eyes on each other for the first time a world of destined tragedy and passion is unveiled. Throughout the play, use of language and characterisation displays their love in connection to death to give a sense of foreboding and to present the power of their love. As the play progresses, the problems opposing their love grow more demanding. These problems go from Juliet being deceitful to her parents, to Romeo killing Tybalt and being banished. Ultimately their love ends the feud, conquers hate and transcends death. The final challenge their love faced was death, but death almost emerged as a way out of their passionate torture and a confirmed restful, destined future together. ...read more.

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