Essay about Thematic Complexity of Love in Romeo and Juliet

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There are many different types of love in this world, thus there are many different ways of expressing love. What revolves around that love, and the many different circumstances, trials, and tribulations that a love might face can greatly influence the outcomes of that love. These trials and tribulations can also be seen as different literary elements when used in plays. When looking at Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, he used many different themes and elements to provide complexity to the love story. Shakespeare cleverly takes the main theme of the play, love, and ties in other elements such as time, stage imagery, and language to pull the whole play together in a way that makes one think about the play on other levels. A love that…show more content…
Juliet on the other hand is not happy, because her parents are considering marriage for their young daughter of only thirteen. Juliet simply replies with marriage being "an honour that I[she] dream[s] not of" (883). It is very apparent to the reader that both are not happy at the present time of day. Timing is a big part all through the whole first act. Such as when Tybalt discovered Romeo at the party in Act 1, scene 5, it was right after Romeo and Juliet had first met. Tybalt's timing was a bit too late for avoiding the meeting of the two lovers. Timing was good and bad for both cases. Once their identities were revealed, the timing of the feud between the two families could not be any worse, as Juliet expresses "my only love sprung from my only hate!"(889). Even though both lovers realized that they were "supposed" enemies there was nothing that could stop their love, not even time. Once Romeo and Juliet talk, even though they do not know each other's names, it is an unrequited love that both are swept off their feet by. In Act 2, scene 1 Romeo is almost begging for the time of the world to stop. His whole world now revolves around his love for Juliet and is clearly see when he says "Can I go forward when my heart is here? Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out" (889). The lover's desire for night to always come quickly or to stay longer is Shakespeare's way of incorporating time as another reoccurring theme

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