William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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Love is Poison Love. Many associate the word with kindly feelings towards others and generally positive thoughts. It is a word that we use to describe our emotions of affection, devotion, fondness, and friendship. William Shakespeare 's Romeo and Juliet centers around the epic, yet tragic, love of two adolescents. With Shakespeare’s use of figurative language and literary devices, he creates a central theme that love, no matter how strong or sweet, is poison. The term poison, although not commonly associated with love, is connected to the emotion by the use of symbolism throughout the play. By doing so, the reader reciprocates with a of sense of warning and a feeling of desperation to try and make love work. “Stay With Me” by vocal…show more content…
In other words, the pitfalls of human passion. Romeo and Juliet is a prime example of people who were compelled by their emotions, to which brought about bloodshed. Romeo and Juliet also displays a connection of passion to actions whether they are sensible and positive, or rash and destructive. It is logical to understand how anger and hate can bring about negative consequences, but love is much less clear. “Love, in Romeo and Juliet, is a grand passion, and as such it is blinding; it can overwhelm a person as powerfully and completely as hate can” (“Love as a Cause of Violence”). To convey this and bestow certain feelings upon his readers, Shakespeare uses the technique of symbolism throughout Romeo and Juliet. Symbolism versus other literary device or just straightforward speech provides a more analytical way of interpreting text. Its function “gives a writer freedom to add double levels of meanings to his work: a literal one that is self-evident and the symbolic one whose meaning is far more profound than the literal one. The symbolism, therefore, gives universality to the characters and the themes of a piece of literature. Symbolism in literature evokes interest in readers as they find an opportunity to get an insight of the writer’s mind on how he views the world and how he thinks of common objects and actions, having broader implications” (“Function of Symbolism”). This proves that symbolism helped Shakespeare
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