English- Romeo and Juliet
How has Shakespeare conveyed themes in a play you have studied in class this year?
The Play Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare in 16th century England c.1595 set in 14th century Verona Italy is the most famous and well known Shakespearean love tragedy ever told with timeless theme’s that transcend the ages. It is a play that explores a range of subjects (hate, revenge, subserviency) although the most intrinsically dynamic theme in this drama is love. Love is a key theme riddled throughout William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet but it is the way Shakespeare reveals the complexities of this emotion that gives the play its universal appeal. Shakespeare represents love in all its forms but his chief focus is on unbridled youthful passion which is manifested through impulsive and impetuous behaviour. It is the consequences of this love and behaviour that dominates the fortune of Romeo and Juliet’s relationship.
Love is complex emotion; made even more volatile when it is expressed compulsively and passionately. This theme is conveyed early in the drama in act 1 scene 5 at the Capulet ball, a juncture in the play that the audience is able to identify the beginning of the leitmotif of inhibited passion in the relationship of Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare utilises the metaphor of the pilgrim “my lips two pilgrims ready to stand to smooth that rough touch with tender kiss” to encompasses Romeo and Juliet expeditious relationship. This extended metaphor of religious imagery is made stronger by a lexical chain, “holy shrine … sin … pilgrim … saint” suggest that the relationship too is holy. Love is more complex than this however. This is demonstrated in the infamous balcony scene act 2 scene 2. Shakespeare portrays Juliet’s love, “my bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep” Through this simile Shakespeare compares her love to the sea Juliet evoking imagery of unrestraint and unpredictability. “Deny thy father and refuse thy name”. Later in the night the young lovers go on to further cultivate their capricious choices. By the end of the night they are arranging for marriage “Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow”, Consequences are yet to be proposed from this decision. When Romeo goes to follow Juliet’s request in Act 2 scene 3 Shakespeare portrays friar Laurence “wisely and slowly; they stumble that run”. This is a warning to Romeo to take his time rather than rush, overlooking this advice Romeo goes on to and to do the exact opposite, which costs him and his beloved Juliet their lives. Finally in the scene following the marriage (act 3 scene 1) Romeo arrives in the streets of Verona engulfed by the euphoria of unification with Juliet he is challenged Tybalt who is trying to re ignite the hate of the feuding families which is demonstrated through a lexical chain of oxymoron’s “hate, villain, rage” but Romeo refutes “good Capulet which name I tender” the dichotomy of this statement...