“The dearest friend to me, the kindest man,
The best conditioned and unwearied spirit
In doing courtesies, and one in whom
The ancient Roman honor more appears
Than any that draws breath in Italy” (Shakespeare 138).
In this quote, Bassanio describes Antonio as his best friend. Though the audience witnessed how close their relationship is in Act I, the quote is another example of Bassanio directly complementing and describing Antonio, this time in order to explain why Antonio’s situation affects him significantly. Through Bassanio’s heartfelt speech, Shakespeare further delineates the close friendship between Bassanio and Antonio. Furthermore, the speech also conveys Bassanio’s respect for Antonio. Not only does Bassanio complement Antonio for being kind and honorable, but Bassanio also claims that Antonio is the most honorable in Italy.
Term: Definition 2. Indirect Characterization: Describing a character through their actions or behavior
“Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal. It was my turquoise. I had it of Leah when I was a bachelor. I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys” (Shakespeare 114).
Throughout the quote, Shylock laments the loss of his ring, which his wife had given to him. One reason why this characterizes Shylock is because it displays that Shylock had a close relationship with his wife, deeply valuing a ring that his wife had given him. Aside
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Young lovers defy their families’ long-established vendetta and jeopardize all they have to continue their relationship. The violent commotion between the two lovers, Romeo and Juliet, finally bring peace to their feuding families, with their own death. Like with many suicide cases, there are challenges and decisions being made that lead up to this decision. Often times, we question who contributed to the suicide. Regardless, others argue that Romeo and Juliet should be held accountable for their ultimate decision. Then again, there is no definite reason to assign fault to Romeo and Juliet. Not only are their brains not fully developed, but pressures from outside forces caused such stress within the relationship.
In Romeo and Juliet, love is depicted in several ways. Both Luhrman and Shakespeare represent love in different ways in different contexts to both the Elizabethan era and the contemporary audience. Both the original and later manifestations of the text are valued because they both communicate to the audience on the values of love and society by employing a variety of devices.
William Shakespeare’s famous play Romeo and Juliet is filled with serious decisions. The two title “star-crossed lovers,” Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, not only decide to get married mere days after their first meeting, but also choose to carry out a ridiculous plan to avoid an unwanted marriage and eventually kill themselves (prologue). Although such subject matter is not often found in young adult novels, the impulsivity of this behavior is a mark of Romeo and Juliet’s teenage inexperience. Their immaturity ultimately results in drastic consequences— namely, their own deaths; however, their naiveté was not a hazard for the entirety of the play. The way it affects their decisions and relationships with others changes over time, different at the start of the book before they meet than at the end, when they both finally make the monumental decision to commit suicide. Before they first encounter each other, Romeo and Juliet’s immaturity is harmless, but after their first meeting and as their relationship develops, it begins to prove dangerous.
Act 1, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet involves five drastically different characters, all with varying goals and personality traits: Tybalt, Lord Capulet, Romeo, Juliet, and the Nurse. Tybalt’s defining traits are his hot-headedness and hatred of peace. His temper and protectiveness lead to a desire to protect the Capulets from any Montague intrusion. His arrogance also plays a large role; by challenging someone to a fight, he can display his skills in combat. To outsiders, Lord Capulet may seem vastly different from Tybalt, seeming jovial, but within his family, he is similarly short-tempered. While he wants his guests to enjoy themselves in order to be a polite host, he also wants to avoid breaking the law against public fighting. Therefore, when Tybalt readies himself to fight Romeo, Capulet steps in and admonishes him in order to avoid tarnishing his reputation. Romeo, on the other hand, is quick to love and quick-- almost hasty- in acting. He longs for something (such as the party) to take his mind off Rosaline, but his belief in fate does not entirely allow him to do so, as he had previously believed horrible events would take place if he went to the party. This belief causes him to exit abruptly, despite having just met Juliet. Juliet herself is lonely and simultaneously standoffish and naive. She wishes to find someone she truly loves, and finds this in Romeo. Although her defensive nature makes her reject him at first, her naivety eventually leads her
Shakespeare 's 'Romeo and Juliet ' variously links to the poetry; 'The Flea ', by John Donne, 'Valentine ', by Carol Ann Duffy, and 'Sonnet 116 ', by Shakespeare. The first association is through theme, as Sonnet 116 demonstrates the importance of eternal love and through situation, such as how 'Valentine ' ends with violent imagery, so does the play. Another way in which the drama links to the poetry is by character, Romeo and the protagonist of 'The Flea ' convey characteristics of a courtly lover in the beginning. The character in 'Valentine ' and Juliet both aspire to be honest and are pragmatic in their commitment. Lastly, the drama can be connected to the poetry through language/imagery/tone. A similar tone of bitterness is
Romeo and Juliet is a romantic-tragedy play written in 1595 by playwright and actor William Shakespeare. Shakespeare demonstrated in the play that is set in Verona, Italy, a tale of two families that have been feuding since before they can even remember. Trouble brews when both the families offsprings;Romeo and Juliet fall in love.The families they belong to,Romeo a Montague, and Juliet a Capulet would be furious if they found out that they 're only children were in love with their ‘enemy’. By Them hiding their love from their families it leads to the deaths of the two. So,Who is to blame for the deaths? The whole play is focused on the love tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.
Pravinee Hurbungs said, “Don’t fear the enemy that attacks you, but the fake friend that hugs you.” In Shakespeare 's, Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is the enemy that Juliet doesn’t fear, but love, and Friar Lawrence is the fake friend that Juliet should fear. Others could say any other Romeo and Juliet character is to blame for their deaths, but I believe that Friar Lawrence is the one to blame. The friar is the one who married them, gave Juliet the idea to kill herself, and left her by herself when she awoke from her “death.” For those reasons, I believe Friar Lawrence is the most responsible one for both of their deaths.
For years, people have argued whether or not to modernize Shakespeare’s plays into modern English or keep the original version. This idea is explored in the articles “Why We (Mostly) Stopped Messing With Shakespeare’s Language” by Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, “Shakespeare in Modern English?” by James Shapiro, and the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. In an article by Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, called “Why We (Mostly) Stopped Messing With Shakespeare’s Language”, the article talks about how the Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced that they will modernize thirty-six playwrights into today’s words. The article supports neither modernize or not modernize Shakespeare’s plays. In an article by James Shapiro called, “Shakespeare in Modern
A significant quote from Romeo and Juliet: “Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast” (2.3.94). This is the advice given by Friar Laurence warning about the dangers of fickle love, but it also says something about how action may lead to disaster. In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the two protagonists for whom the play is named, Romeo and Juliet, are children of two relentlessly feuding families. Juliet belongs to the Capulet family while Romeo belongs to the Montagues. When the two meet, they fall in love, and decide to get married secretly, despite the disapproval of their families that would be blatant if their love was made public. The character of Nurse is someone who has watched over Juliet throughout her childhood, and Juliet confides in Nurse as if she were her mother. Friar Laurence is a figure which Romeo seems to confide in from the beginning. Both of these characters are involved in the “star-crossed lovers’” secret marriage plans. In Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, Nurse and Friar Laurence, who serve as supporting characters to Juliet and Romeo, both influence the decisions made by the protagonists, and therefore affect the final outcome of the story, Friar more effectively enabling the couple through his action than Nurse, who acts as an assistant, advisor, and messenger.
William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is permeated with intense, quick, and tragic passion that erupts between two lovers. Readers may be finding themselves screaming to many of the characters in the play to “slow down!” Although Romeo and Juliet had an intense and abrupt romance, there were warning signs that they did not listen to. In act 2 scene 6 Friar Lawrence is set to wed Romeo and Juliet. By overlooking scene 6 it is apparent to see how short it is, which represents a quick and hasty marriage, but more implicitly represents the lovers hasty decision making. Friar Lawrence’s quick words right before the two join in marriage show a huge warning sign of what is to come. He foreshadows the bitter and dark future for the two lovers and for many other characters in the play.
Plot: Starting in the city streets of Verona, two servants of the opposing houses fight. Though Benvolio (a Montague) tries to stop this, Tybalt (a Capulet) arrives and violence ensues. The Prince sees this and calls, “Hey, do this again and capital punishment will be involved.” Romeo, the emo son, of Lord Montague whines extraordinarily about his “love” (lust) for Rosaline. She is chaste and he wants her. Benvolio tells him, “Your crazy dude; its just one girl,” but typical teenage angst takes its course. In the Capulet household, Paris wants to marry Juliet, but Lord Capulet is all, “She’s too young… in a few years.” A Capulet servant who can’t read the guest list for the Capulet part has Romeo read it. Benvolio convince Romeo to go to this part to forget Rosaline. At the party, Romeo sees Juliet and falls in love. (Who’s Rosaline?) However, this time it’s mutual. Romeo doesn’t know who he loves till he asks the nurse (Juliet’s) who he kissed. Cue the teenage angst. Romeo and Juliet then take the balcony scene. (“Wherefore art thou Romeo…”) Here, the two are all I love you; let’s get married. Romeo and Juliet next go to Friar Lawrence and are all let’s get married secretly. Hopeful for a good resolution, the friar agrees and they are married. Romeo and friends encounter Tybalt who challenges him to a duel. Romeo is all we have a common love, but I can’t share. Mercutio doesn’t want peace and fights Tybalt. Tybalt stabs Mercutio,
Although love is an affectionate and peaceful feeling, it can also be dangerous and deadly towards many lives if mixed with immature and impulsive characteristics. The tragic story of Romeo and Juliet, written by the well-known author William Shakespeare centers on a corrupt society and the romance of two young lovers, each a member of one of the feuding families, the Capulets and the Montagues. The importance of wealth, status and pride in society causes each of the family’s to disregard and neglect the new love formed by their immature children, Romeo and Juliet. The neglectful decisions created by the families, leads the passionate young lovers to perform a string of mistakes based off of their impulsive love, thus ending the conflict by taking their own lives and causing pain in the lives of those dear to them. The tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet qualifies as a Greek tragedy for the reason that it contains plot events displaying corruption of society as well as chains of mistakes created by the tragic hero, Romeo. Shakespeare shows that love can either be one’s hero and savior or a dangerous weapon if put into the hands of those who possess immature and irresponsible characteristics.
As we have seen Shakespeare gives the audience a number of valuable lessons about love. Plot incident and passionate dialogue are used when Antonio gives Bassanio money to go visit Portia. This shows that true friendship can be as strong as true love and they would do anything for each other and not care about the consequences. Tests are used to show how Portia’s father cared about her, even after he was dead and knew that her true love would choose the right casket and not be deceived by money and wealth. This fatherly love shows that Portia’s father really did love her and cared so much that even after he had died he wanted her to be happy, with a man that didn’t want her money but wanted her love. Characterisation and emotive language is used to show how shylock was more interested in money than anything else. Shylock was greedy and this is shown in more than one occasion. the first is when he gives Antonio the loan to give Bassanio he wants ten percent interest as well as the money back in three months time. The second is when
Narrator: In this scene just after Bella’s welcoming home party ends, Edward stays behind and climbs Bella’s fence to confess his love for the girl he danced with. At first, Bella has doubts because of Edward 's appearance compared to Jacob’s. Bella then notices Jacob in her backyard and tells him to flee just as she confesses her love to Edward as well. As the night grows darker, Bella and Edward continue