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Shakespheres Romeo and Juliet has many facets. One of the most prominent is the theme of love. The play suggests that this love between the two main characters is all consuming

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Shakespheres Romeo and Juliet has many facets. One of the most prominent is the theme of love. The play suggests that this love between the two main characters is all consuming and self focused and seems to ignore all realities of the real world. Youth is the season of love and is full of desires and hopes. With experience, comes the disappointments and that brings us down to the world of reality. The death of Romeo and Juliet ends the long-standing conflict between the Montague's and the Capulet's. Shakesphere portrays how the young lover's passion and innocence is pointlessly destroyed. He reveals emotions experienced by Romeo and Juliet as they battle to be together, even though they are the children of bitter enemies. The language Shakesphere uses brings the story to life. He uses poetry in the words to make it different from listening to people on the streets in everyday life. This makes it entertaining to watch and listen to the play. The play is not to be read but to be performed to an audience. This play describes how Shakesphere uses language to convey a number of emotions. This essay will focus on the emotions of rivalry and conflict, love and reconciliation. I have selected the prologue and Act 1, Scene 1 to illustrate the language describing rivalry and conflict; Act 2, Scene 2 to describe love; and Act 5, Scene 3 to describe reconciliation. ...read more.


The word 'maidenheads' refers to taking the maids virginity in Elizabethan language. This also suggests that he wants to damn the maids because in Shakespheres time sex before marriage was a sin. This is further illustrated in Sampson and Gregory's dialogue, which is full of sexual suggestiveness. Words such as; 'stand,' 'thrust,' 'maidenheads,' 'tool,' and 'naked weapon.' This tells the audience that they appear to regard love in a crudely physical sense. All of this captures sexual and physical violence which is part of the emotion of rivalry and conflict. I think that Shakesphere tries to provide a striking contrast between Macho love and sex with the mutual, romantic, true love of Romeo and Juliet. Two of Montagues servants arrive on the scene and Sampson insults them. Shakespheres use of language conveys conflict by the use of signs and gestures. (1,1,35) 'I will bite my thumb at them, which is disgrace to them if they bear it.' This tells the audience that in Elizabethan England if you bit your thumb at someone it was an insult and a deliberately rude gesture of contempt which disgraces them. In contemporary society the equivalent of this gesture would be putting your finger up at someone. If someone bit their thumb at you today you would be ignorant to the meaning and not be offended which shows how old the play is. ...read more.


The sun is a life force which makes everything grow and without it everything would perish. This illustrates that Romeo feels he would die without Juliet. Modern connotations of the sun are that it makes people feel happy and cheerful which tells the audience that just by looking at Juliet makes him happy. It is also used to liken the hot, passionate relationship, Romeo thinks they are going to have with the fiery, hot sun. Shakesphere personifies the moon using the language, 'Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon.' This tells the audience that Romeo thinks Juliet is prettier and more glorious than the moon. By personifying the moon it describes that the moon is jealous of Juliet and that the sun should rise becoming daytime and pushing the moon aside. Romeo uses hyperbole when he is talking about Juliet's eyes. 'Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven.' This tells the audience that Romeo thinks Juliet's eyes are beautiful. They twinkle and shine more than any other stars in the heavenly night sky. The use of the metaphor, 'The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars.' Tells the audience that Romeo thinks Juliet's cheeks glow so brightly that they embarrass the moon. The strength of this metaphor is that it is normally speaking it is the cheeks that are shamed. 'As daylight doth a lamp emphasizes how the light from a lamp is completely insignificant to daylight. Which shows how completely insignificant the stars are to Juliet's cheeks. ...read more.

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