Romeo And Juliet Character Analysis

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Many plays and other types of literary works use dramatic foil to portray the different extremes of emotional and personality spectrums through characters. In the play, “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare used many of his characters to portray dramatic foil in his scenes. While Shakespeare did use dramatic foil, he used more than one type, he used his characters to create dramatic foils that would draw in the audience and develop the characters being used by having the two extremes make each other stand out. As Shakespeare starts the play two of his characters immediately created a dramatic foil when they caught sight of each other and they continued to do so every time after. Benvolio and Tybalt are…show more content…
As the play went on Shakespeare demonstrated another dramatic foil for the audience to witness. The dramatic foil was forged from the extremes of Nurse’s love for Juliet and Lady Capulet’s distance from Juliet. “This is the matter.-Nurse, give leave awhile;/ We must talk in secret. Nurse, come back again./ I have rememb’red me; thou’s hear our counsel./ Thou know'st my daughter’s of a pretty age” (1.3.7-11). The quote provided was able to allow the audience to view the dramatic foil first hand since there was an immense contrast of the relationships between Lady Capulet and Juliet; and Nurse and Juliet which depicts just how different the two adults were in Juliet’s life. Lady Capulet had a base relationship with her daughter and she realized it would not permit for her to have a beneficial conversation with Juliet, so she called back Nurse who had a paternalistic connection with her daughter. The dramatic foil between the two adults emphasizes the love of Nurse and the withdrawal of Lady Capulet. “God in heaven bless her!/ You are to blame, my lord, to rate her so” (3.5.169-170). Nurse is the one who says the quote and in the quote she defended Juliet from Lord Capulet which further emphasized her paternalistic connection. This further exemplified how much Nurse cared for Juliet since she went against Lord Capulet; whereas, Lady Capulet only told Lord Capulet a few words, because she wanted him to calm down. Shakespeare used two characters who were close to
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