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.
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 play, there is much talk of death by Romeo, Friar Laurence, and Juliet. Romeo announces his own demise in his soliloquy: Depart again. Here, here I will remain With worms and chambermaids. O, here Will I set my everlasting rest And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars From this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last!
I dare no longer stay.(Rom. V. III, 158-9.) Both the language of love and the language og death play important roles in the tragedy. They cooperate with light and dark imagery to make the play the masterpiece it is, a play of paradoxes and oxymorons, good and evil, neither one whole without the other. For without love there would be nothing to lose, and without death there would be no way to lose it. Many different language tricks are embodied in Romeo and Juliet. "Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on the dashing rocks thy seasick weary run," is an example of a metaphor. Reversed words for instance "upfill" are also used.
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