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Themes in Romeo and Juliet
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In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare introduces many themes that he continues throughout all of his tragedies, including the language of love vs. the language of death. The balcony scene is the most valuable scene illustrating the language of love, whereas in the final scene of the play the language of death is used to set the stage for their suicides, pulling together the tragic ending of the play.
Throughout the second scene of Act II, Romeo uses beautiful metaphors and similes to express his affection for Juliet:
O, speak again bright angel, for thou art
As glorious to this night, being o'er my head
As is a winged messenger of heaven.(Rom. II. II, 28-30.)
This passage is used to compare Juliet to an angel, somethign that is universally held as sacred and lovely. Elsewhere in the scene there are lines that describe their love for one another, and add to the romantic theme of the scene:
And but thou love me, let them find me here.
My life better ended by their hate
The death prorogued, wanting
of thy love.(Rom. II. II, 76-78.)
In the final scene of the
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