• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The undying love between Romeo and Juliet expresses the many similarities between the lovers

Extracts from this document...


LITERARY ANALYSIS OF ROMEO AND JULIET'S SIMILARITIES To be similar is to have common features among two or more things. Similarities are used to compare alike things. The characters Romeo and Juliet from the Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet are comparable throughout their short lived relationship. Although strangers, they are drawn together by their mutual bond . The most distinct similarity between Romeo and Juliet is their undying love for one another. Both Romeo and Juliet have an intense love for each other that never weakens. Romeo and Juliet experience love at first sight when they meet each other at the Capulet's party. Romeo expresses his immediate physical attraction towards Juliet when he remarks, "This holy shrine ... my lips, two blushing, pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss" ( I.iv.93-95 ). Juliet excitedly replies "Good pilgrim you do wrong your hand too much, which mannerly devotion shows in this for saints have hands that pilgrims hands do touch...[and has] holy palmers kiss" (I.iv.97-100). ...read more.


[Because of this] I must love a loathed enemy" (I.iv.138-141). Romeo realizes Juliet is a Capulet but will not let her go when he mentions, "Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe's debt" (I.iv.117). Despite Romeo's banishment for murdering Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet still feel they must see each other one last time. Juliet sends the nurse to find Romeo with the message: "O find him! Give him that ring to my true knight, and bid him to take his last farewell" (III.ii.142-143). Romeo receives the news from the nurse and tells the nurse to relay a message back to Juliet "Speakest thou of Juliet? How is it with her...? [go to Juliet] and bid my sweet prepare to chide" (III.iii.93-163). Both of the lovers feel that banishment and death are the same thing. Romeo claims, "Ha Banishment! Be merciful say death... [Now] call death banished" (III.ii.12-21). Juliet exclaims, "Romeo is banished, there is no end, no limit, measure, bound in that word's death, no word can that woe sound" (III.ii.124-126). ...read more.


"Take thou this vial... [to make the body] stiff, stark and cold appear like death" (IV.i.93-103). Romeo uses poison to cure the pain of Juliet's death, " A dram of poison, such soon speed gear as will disperse itself through all the veins that the life weary take my fall dead" (V.i.60-63). Ultimately both Romeo and Juliet's grave is to become their wedding bed when they lie together dead. Romeo's last words are: "Here's to my love! A true apothecary, thy drugs are quick thus with a kiss I die" (V.iii.119-120). When Juliet wakes up and sees Romeo dead she reveals "This is the sheath There rust, and let me die " (V.iii.169-170) Juliet stabs herself and falls dead on to Romeo's body. Romeo and Juliet's dedication to their love marked them for death. Romeo and Juliet share an unchangeable love that allows them to overcome many challenges they may face, and finally, choose love in death over life alone. Their open expression of love for one another is their most prominent similarity. It is this remarkable similarity that makes Romeo and Juliet's relationship a love tragedy. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work