William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare portrays the suspenseful story of two star-crossed lovers. A family feud between the Montague family, Romeo’s side, and the Capulet’s side, Juliet’s side, forbids them to be together when they meet one faithful night. Shakespeare uses an abundance of literary devices to show the theme of love only leads to death and sorrow. He uses similes, oxymora, and foreshadowing. He expresses these three devices through the characters and especially the love between the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare expresses his literary devices through the dialogue between the characters. The dialogue is shared between the main characters to help contrast with the theme.
Shakespeare uses similes in his work of Romeo and Juliet. His similes have certain meanings to them depending on what is happening. An example would be Romeo talking about love early in the play. “Is love a tender thing? ... it pricks like a thorn” (I.iv.26-27). Romeo is expressing that the love him and Juliet share is tender, but painful because it is forbidden. He makes this comment of love being like a thorn because love pricking like a thorn is true to him. He loves Juliet, but his love for her is forbidden because of their family feud. This simile refers back to the theme because their love for each other is tender but painful. They know that they are not supposed to be together and this shows how the love is painful and full of sorrow. Another example of
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