Romeo and Juliet Compared to Pride and Prejudice Essay

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Although Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ are two completely different texts, as one is a play- only able to use dialogue to portray feelings of love-and the other is a novel- where descriptions of characters moods and feelings can be used- they both demonstrate a variety of techniques to portray strong feelings of love.
Right from the beginning Shakespeare introduces the ideas of strong love using a prologue-this prologue is a sonnet in iambic pentameter. From the phrase ‘star crossed lovers’ Shakespeare is using the idea of fate so that the reader already knows that there will be strong love between two of the characters. It also indicates that the characters have no choice in who they will love as
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However the uses of an oxymoron could be to show the confusion of his thoughts which could possibly indicate that his love for her is not real and he is just confused about his feelings-he appears to be quite fickle, especially when he meets Juliet and forgets about his feelings for Rosaline. When Romeo talks about Juliet his language includes more metaphors, such as ‘……’ and is more straight forward, this indicates that his love for her is more true and real.
Separately, Darcy’s first proposal is rejected by Elizabeth. Mr Darcy is more mature and reacts differently to Romeo, he is more filled ‘with anger’ than anything else although he does struggle ‘for the appearance of composure’ which lends itself to the idea that Mr Darcy’s feelings for her must be quite strong as even though he is being refused he does not want to appear as though she has hurt him, although it is clear that she has due to the fact he is ‘struggling’ with his emotions and to keep calm. He begins his proposal by saying ‘You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.’ The ‘must’ shows the strength of his feelings as he is not allowing her to refuse his claim and shows how urgently he feels he needs to tell her his feelings. It also implies that he doesn’t just love for her looks or manners but respects and admires her for her character. At this point, however, Elizabeth does not have any feelings of love towards Darcy and she refuses
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