Yin And Yang: A Comparison Of Romeo And Juliet

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Yin and Yang: A Comparison to Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare uses the motif light and dark throughout Romeo and Juliet. A tale, one of love and lost, kindness and hatred, described as a tragedy, it began with the motif of light and dark. This motif, which is embedded not only in the background but the characters as well, can be compared to one of the symbols of Taoism, which appeared before its time. Yin and Yang can be compare to Romeo and Juliet because Yin and Yang can be described as the essence of the story. It is the essences of the story, because the motif helps create the theme and the characters. Yin and Yang is a Chinese philosophy. Yin and Yang connects to Taoism, because it symbolizes balance between opposing sides. It is made of two principles. Yin, the predominately black side,…show more content…
In Act II, Scene II, on page 78, Romeo returns to Juliet and says, “It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon…”. With this metaphor, Romeo has chosen to only see Juliet’s positives, believing that she can do no wrong. On page 160, in Act III, Scene II, Juliet discusses with Nurse about how Romeo turned out to be someone he is not. She says to the nurse, in regards to Romeo, “Oh, that deceit should dwell In such a gorgeous palace!”. This shows that Juliet is conflicted by what has happened, Romeo killing Tybalt, but she is still not accepting the fact that Romeo is violent. The two of them refusing to accept the fact that both of them not only have a yang but a yin too, caused them to perish. Thus, the reason why Romeo and Juliet only trying to see the good in each other compares to Yin and Yang because they lack the understanding that like Yin and Yang there must be a balance to everything, even the personalities of
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