William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet Analysis Every human being dreams of falling in love one day, where you find the one that you’re destined to spend the rest of your life with. While we may experience this emotion sometime or another in our lifetime, it is very difficult for many to express it in words. Although many writers and poets have explored this theme, none have portrayed it as intensely as William Shakespeare has in Romeo and Juliet. The story of two star-crossed lovers that were doomed from the very beginning, with feuding families, poorly made choices, and betrothals to others, we still manage to fall in love with the young lovers every time we come across the story. Shakespeare brilliantly moulds the interactions between Romeo and Juliet in …show more content…

The metaphorical talk of ‘the sun’ and ‘the moon’ also plays around in the light and dark motif which constantly reoccurs throughout the play, and the balcony itself symbolises the separation between the couple. Ironically, Juliet seemed as if she knew that their relationship was doomed from the very beginning. This can be seen from her famous line ‘wherefore art thou Romeo (2,2,33)’, in which she looks to the sky and seemingly complains to the heavens of fate itself. Even in a few words, a deep sense of pining and yearning can be felt, therefore showing the profoundness of Juliet’s love for Romeo. The phrase ‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet. (2,2,33-34)’ questions the meaning behind a name, which Juliet eventually realises is insignificant. Shakespeare expresses the idea that a person can be more than their social status, and encourages many to defy society’s standards. As Juliet likens a rose to Romeo, therefore making it a simile, but it is also a metaphor, for when Juliet describes the flower as ‘sweet’, she isn’t saying that Romeo does in fact have a good scent, but rather that Romeo has a sweet personality. This line holds philosophy within itself, and completely captures the main idea of the struggle between love and family. Saying goodbye is never easy, but most of the time we also do not consider the idea that it

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