The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

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In Romeo and Juliet, the author, William Shakespeare, tells the story of two “star-crossed lovers”. By using diction, hyperbole, and metaphor, Shakespeare demonstrates how someone can fall in love with the idea and looks of a person, not with who they actually are. Shakespeare shows how Romeo and Juliet don’t really get to know one another; they just fall in love with each other’s looks. For both Romeo and Juliet, the other becomes everything they want in a person. It doesn’t matter to them what the person’s personality is; Romeo and Juliet just become whatever the other wants them to be. This situation could have never ended in a good way, displayed by Romeo and Juliet’s death at the end of the play. One of the ways Shakespeare uses to convey his point is diction. Shakespeare uses many unique words to show what Romeo and Juliet think of each other. “So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows As yonder lady o’er her fellows shows” (1.5.55-56). Shakespeare compares Juliet to a dove in the midst of many crows to show that Romeo thinks that Juliet vividly stands out amongst “her fellows”. Shakespeare uses the word “trooping” to show how Romeo believes that Juliet is just mindlessly following her family. Romeo thinks that Juliet should stop following the Capulets and marry him. When Juliet is about to drink the sleeping mixture, she says, “O look, methinks I see my cousin’s ghost Seeking out Romeo that did spit his body Upon a rapier’s point! Stay, Tybalt, stay! Romeo, Romeo,
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